Senior Athletes Leaving Their Mark
As the 2017-2018 season is coming to an end, many athletes are reminiscing about what experiences and memories have shaped their four years of athletics at Florida Southern College. There are about 60 athletes graduating this year, and some will move onto to the professional level while others will leave the sport behind.
“I have been so fortunate to have such amazing and motivating teammates and coaches in my time here and I really saw the program grow into something I never dreamed it could be when I got here,” Santoli said. “I’m really not sure if I want to continue playing after college, but if I do, I know what I’ve learned at FSC will take me a long way.”
The women’s lacrosse recently won a national championship in 2016, but the most recent national championship team is the men’s golf team, who won in 2017 and included Senior John Michael Coultas.
“Without a doubt, the most memorable experience for me at Florida Southern was our national championship win in 2017,” Coultas said. “After making the clinching putt on 18 and walking up the hill to celebrate with my team and coach was a memory that will last forever.”
Coultas has big plans to turn pro in July after finishing his final college golf season. With eight tournament wins so far, he hopes to continue his consistent play on the PGA Tour.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play on the PGA Tour with the best in the game,” Coultas said. “FSC has been an incredible place to develop my skills and game and it will definitely help prepare me for the professional level.”
There are some athletes that have played their sport since they were adolescents but are looking forward to leaving the competitive side behind and playing for fun.
Senior Amanda Park has been through the ups and downs of exciting wins, injuries and tough losses but said she wouldn’t change anything.
“I will miss the atmosphere, the coaching staff, the athletic trainers, and walking around campus and seeing your friends everywhere,” Park said. “At a big school, you really wouldn’t have that experience.”
Park said she is looking forward to finding a job and moving on to the next adventure on her life. She is planning to travel for a while before starting a job, but she will be looking for work in Austin, Texas.
Her biggest memory so far has been the run the team made this past season, making it all the way to the final round of the national championship.
“Making that run my final season and having the chance to play in the national championship game was amazing,” Park said. “We were able to make history for the program even though we had a tough loss.”
While focusing on school as much as possible, senior Carl Spansk is majoring in finance and economics, as well as starting on the soccer team playing center back. Spanks is at the top of the 2018 class with a grade point average of 4.0.
Spansk said FSC has a great team of athletic trainers with good resources, and Coach Wallace has been extremely helpful preparing the team for the season with workouts.
“The games at Barnett are definitely going to be one of the things I miss the most about FSC,” Spansk said. “My teammates have made my time as an athlete very memorable.”
Throughout the 2018 class, FSC has won five national championships, making that a total of 30 for the school. Lacrosse, golf and baseball still have the opportunity this year to grow that number this season.
Florida Southern will have a final banquet to congratulate the graduating class on April 25 to thank them for their commitment and hard work the past four years.