With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report is running a series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is Patrick Coulter of the Brien McMahon lacrosse and football teams.
TRR: What has been most difficult for you the past seven weeks?
PC: Really it’s just seeing the dates and checking the schedule of what would have been. What games, the first day of practice and all that. Just realizing what could have been. A lot of ifs. It lacks a bit of closure having to sit inside and knowing what we should be doing out on the field and we can’t.
TRR: Have you resigned yourself to the fact the entire season could be canceled?
PC: I’m still holding on to a little bit of hope. I’ve heard some rumblings about a few games being played in June. I’m going to hold onto any bit of hope I can hold onto because that’s all I’ve got left.
TRR: What’s the hardest part of confronting the possibility you won’t finish your high school career on the field?
PC: It’s really just a lack of closure. We had a lot of high hopes for the lacrosse team. We had some new pieces coming in. Our second year with our new coaching staff and it looked like we were going to be pretty good. We never get to see what could have been.
TRR: You are the male recipient from McMahon of the CIAC scholar-athlete award. What does that mean to you?
PC: It’s good. It’s something you get recognized for outside of sports. School is something I’ve always taken very seriously and held a little bit over my sports because I know how important it is. It’s not always that glamorous in the headlines in the newspapers but I’m glad to get recognition for something I worked very hard at.
TRR: Any idea what you may want to study at UConn?
PC: I’m in the business school and I’m going to major in finance.
TRR: Anything different you have been doing with the extra free time?
PC: Nothing really different. I’ve been working out a lot and still working out for lacrosse with the intent I am going to get some season.
TRR: What is your favorite thing to do now that has nothing to do with academics or athletics?
PC: Lifting has been a big thing. I do that right after school every day. It helps pass the time and get my mind off the reality that we live in right now.
TRR: Do you have any favorite TV shows or movies?
PC: Definitely The Office is something I’ve been relying on to get me through this. I’ve watched the whole show a few times through and each time it’s just as funny and just as good.
TRR: How would you like the McMahon class of 2020 to remember you?
PC: Just as someone who was a leader and tried to do the best that they could to improve all of our sports and academics and keep a good school climate.