By: LESLIE LESTINSKY
Where did you attend college? I attended DePaul University on a running scholarship. From there, I transferred to Indiana University and pursued a bachelors in political science. I earned a MBA in finance from Ashford University.
Tell our readers more about your college experience. I received a cross country and track scholarship to DePaul University in Chicago. When an injury forced me to stop running competitively, I went to school at Indiana University in Bloomington because my sister was there and I loved the campus there.
What about Cross Country makes it a passion for you? Cross country is a team sport, and I loved being on teams both at Mishawaka and at DePaul because of the camaraderie and the relationships that you build with your teammates. It takes a lot of work to be really good at the sport and when you work together towards a common goal, and suffer together to get there, it is the best feeling in the world when you achieve whatever the goal is that you’ve set. I also love that running is something you can do whenever the mood or the urge strikes you. All you need is a pair of shoes and the open road and you can go do it.
What goals do you have for the new IUSB cross country team? I would like our teams to be recognized as one of the top teams in our Conference and in the NAIA.
Being a coach, do you have any fitness goals for the new year? My fitness goals are the same as most people. I would like to drop a few pounds and be a little more in shape than I was last year. I would also like to develop some biceps that would equal those of Steve Bruce!
What are you reading, watching, listening to right now? I’m reading a biography of Pontius Pilate. I’m listening to old school groups like Journey. I love to watch comedy shows like “King of Queens,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Modern Family.” I also enjoy any movie with Adam Sandler or the late Chris Farley.
What words of wisdom do you have for our student readers? Always try your best. The woods might be a silent place if no birds sang there except for those who sang the very best. Also, believe in yourself and do the work. Winners find a way to do those things.
How can our readers inquire about joining the team? Contact me by text at 574-485-8494 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.