Doing It All
Time management is one of the first skills collegiate student-athletes have little choice but to master. And the quicker the better.
While most swiftly become accustomed to balancing academics and athletics, multi-sport athletes experience double the pressure, with commitments to two varsity teams in addition to the coursework that all college students face.
Senior Matt Lottes is one of the few students who not only balances two sports (he’s a quarterback on the football team and pitcher for the baseball squad) but also excels in every other aspect of his collegiate experience.
In February 2011, he was elected president of the Landmark Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Lottes is also a student-athlete mentor, is a presidential fellow and works with Sterling Communications, the university’s student-run public relations firm.
So why throw not one, but two sports in with all of that?
“I’ve always had a passion for athletics, and when the opportunity arose to be a two-sport athlete at a great academic school, I decided it would be a great experience to continue playing my two favorite sports,” Lottes says.
Lottes knew that opportunity would be easier to realize at a Division III school, where student-athletes are fully encouraged to experience everything college life has to offer, on and off the playing fields.
“The fact that I could balance two sports, as well as get a degree in corporate communications at Susquehanna, made it an easy decision for me to come here,” he said.
That’s not to say it’s been easy balancing all his activities. Not only does he have to honor commitments to both teams, he also plays two incredibly different sports—one known for its brutal hits and the other known around the country as the “thinking man’s sport.”
“The biggest difference between baseball and football is that in football we have only 10 games and one game per week, while, on the other hand, during baseball season, we have a 40- game season with four to five games a week,” Lottes says. “It makes the mental preparation a lot different.”
But the effort that goes into balancing and excelling in everything he wants to experience as a college student is worth the effort.
Lottes says he would encourage anyone to follow a two-sport path. “It has been a great experience, and I have loved every second of it.”
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Katie Meier, director of athletics communications; Ryan Novitsky, assistant director of athletics communications; and Lauren Gilbert ’13, a communications major from Mechanicsburg, Pa.