NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Christian Cupello, Keuka College

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Christian Cupello, Keuka College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we get to know Christian Cupello from Keuka College.

Name: Christian Cupello
Sport(s):
Men's Soccer
Hometown: Gates, N.Y.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior majoring in Management with a concentration in Sports Management and a minor in Communications.

Why did you choose to attend Keuka College?

I wanted to play soccer while getting a good education and be close enough to home where I could go home whenever I wanted to.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Keuka College men's soccer team?

Being a member of Keuka College means a lot. Keuka College is such a tight knit community where everybody supports each other and whenever someone accomplishes something, everyone is there to congratulate them.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Keuka College, what would it be?

Being elected a captain at the end of my sophomore year was a big moment for me because it showed that my coach and teammates saw me as a role model and leader of the team. I've really embraced that role and have tried to set an example every single day on and off the field.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

I would like to find a stable job right out of college but I ultimately want to work in the sports industry specifically within broadcasting or coaching.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I have two jobs on campus as a sports information assistant where I broadcast basketball games over the live stream online and I am also an intramural supervisor for all intramural events and games at Keuka College. I am the president of Lambda Pi Eta which is an honors society for communications. I also write and do a podcast for the school newspaper called "Keukonian."

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Motivated, Hard-working, Committed

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

I always eat some sort of gummies 15 minutes before the game whether it's gummy bears, gummy worms or Gatorade chews.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: Gnocchi

Professional Team or Player: The Browns and Baker Mayfield

Movie: The Godfather

Class at Keuka College: Sports Management 401

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I am #NEACStrong because I love to compete everyday with my teammates to achieve the common goal that we all have.

To learn more about Keuka College and Wolves athletics, visit keukaathletics.com.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.