Buccaneer Spotlight - Derek Carrier
Sport(s): Football, Men’s Basketball, Indoor Track & Field
Edgerton, Wisconsin – Edgerton High School
Major: Health and Society
How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?
“To be honest I had never really heard of Beloit until I received a phone call from the Head Football Coach Chris Brann. It was during baseball season my junior year in high school and I was coming off a strong (statistically) football and basketball season. On the ride home after one of my baseball games, I received a phone call from my mom saying she just got off the phone with a football coach. When I further asked about it, my mom said Coach Brann thought I was a senior in high school and was curious as to why I hadn’t chosen a school already – she then explained that I was only a junior and was still considering many schools. It wouldn’t be until over a year later that I actually considered going to Beloit College.”
We are focusing a lot on Liberal Arts in Practice at Beloit; so as part of what you practice(d) name one aspect that you took away(will take) from being a Beloit student-athlete that you use in your everyday life.
“The one aspect I will take away from being a student-athlete is my strive for greatness, perfection, and success in both the classroom and on the field. I have a very difficult time being involved in something if I can’t give it 100% of my effort and attention, so in the classroom I devote a lot of time to reading, studying, and preparing for class just as I devote a lot of my time to training, watching film, and taking care of my body on the football field. I also believe that in order to be truly successful, in any field, one needs to be able devote their time and effort wholeheartedly into their goal.”
What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?
Dean’s list every semester (6 so far), Presidential Scholar, Team captain (football), Inside WI Sports Preseason All-State 2011, D3 Senior Classic Preseason All-American 2011, CDS DIII Preseason All-American 2011, 1st Team All-MWC 2010, BC Rick Clayton Award 2010, HM All-MWC 2009.
If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?
“It would be impossible for me to name one individual that had the greatest impact on me while at Beloit College. There have been many coaches and professors that have helped me along the way and allowed me accomplish everything I have. Professors Marion Fass, Katie Johnson, and Chris Johnson have helped me define my academic career at Beloit College as well as help pave the way for my future career path. Without them, there is no way I would have been able to juggle academics and athletics as well as I have. Coaches Chris Brann, Ethan Pole, and Brian Bliese have helped transform me from a raw athlete into an experienced football player – not that the learning process is done yet – but they have taught me so much about football and life that their contributions are immeasurable. Andy Wier and the Athletic Training Staff have also single-handedly kept my body from falling apart between football, basketball, and indoor track – which without – I wouldn’t have been able to compete (athletically) at the level I have been able to.”
Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?
“The most rewarding experience I have taken part in at Beloit College is the defeat of St. Norbert and Monmouth in football last year. While I compete to win every game, those two games in particular meant so much more because for the seniors I played with last year, it was the first time they had beaten either team – and to see their emotions once we beat them was something I will never forget.”
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.
“Five years from now I hope to have finished my doctorate in physical therapy and be practicing in an athletic/sports-oriented setting. However, the opportunity to still be playing football (if it presents itself) is something I would take in a heartbeat.”
“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- Unique.”