Middlebury

#20 Zach Roeder
Position: C
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Previous School: Keene
Hometown: Keene, N.H.
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

Since I spent a large part of my childhood summers in the Middlebury area, I was about two years old when I first saw the Middlebury campus and the facilities, so it would be pretty tough for me to really describe the very first time I saw the campus. To me the most impressive thing is how much the facilities have changed in order to keep Middlebury’s competitiveness in athletics. The facilities today are vastly superior than they were when I was a child, and I have no doubt they will continue to make changes and grow to support the excellence of the teams. In my mind, our facilities are unparalleled in the NESCAC, in terms of quantity, quality, and location.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

The athletic set up of Middlebury College is what makes Middlebury so special for me. The fact that there are dozens of Intramural Sports and the fact that I was allowed to play touch football, ice hockey, broomball, and ski outside of the baseball season is something that made the College such a special place. I can remember multiple times during January Term when I skied, swam, held captain’s practice, and played intramural hockey all in the same day. I don’t think there are too many places in the world where all of that can fit into one’s schedule.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

During my time at Middlebury, Amherst College was always our team’s biggest rival. Last season, we played Amherst in a league game that was critical to our season, because we had lost some important games to Williams. I got the start for game 1 at Amherst’s field, realizing that this could be one of the most important games I would pitch at Middlebury. I ended up staying in the game into the 9th inning. With the winning run at the plate and runners on base I struck out the last Lord Jeff for the final out of the game, and our team’s first win at Amherst College’s field in over a decade.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

From the seniors during our NESCAC championship season my sophomore year, I learned the true importance of good leadership. Without the laughter and memories those guys brought to the team, we would have never done as well as we did, and I will always try to act as they did whenever I am put in a leadership role.

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