Dragon Close-Up – Rebeka Coughlin

Dragon Close-Up – Rebeka Coughlin


PLAYING THREE SPORTS IN COLLEGE SOUNDS NEARLY
IMPOSSIBLE ESPECIALLY WHEN TACKLING A FULL TIME STUDENT WORKLOAD. ADD BEING IN MILITARY
AND TWO PART TIME JOBS AND YOU HAVE HCC’S OWN SUPERWOMAN REBEKA COUGHLIN.
A SENIOR AND STARTER ON THE HCC SOCCER, BASKETBALL, AND LACROSSE TEAM, AND LAST YEAR’S STUDENT
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, REBECCA’S PRESENCE IS SURE TO LEAVE AN IMPACT. GROWING UP IN
AN ATHLETIC FAMILY, REBEKA WAS ALWAYS VERY ACTIVE AND EVEN DABBLED IN KARATE AND SWIMMING
BEFORE SHE NARROWED IT DOWN TO JUST THREE. SO HOW DID THIS MEGA ATHLETE COME TO PLAY
AT HCC? MY COUSIN PLAYED HERE THREE YEARS BEFORE I
CAME HERE, FOR COACH KATE, AND I ACTUALLY CAME HERE IN HOPES OF GETTING A LIFEGUARDING
JOB. AND THAT’S WHEN COACH KATE ASKED ME TO PLAY SOCCER, BECAUSE I ORIGINALLY CAME HERE
FOR BASKETBALL AS WELL. AND I JUST ENDED UP JOINING SOCCER AND BASKETBALL AND LACROSSE
AFTER THAT. IT WAS DEFINITELY GOOD TIMING THAT SHE ENDED
UP ON CAMPUS. AND THE BASKETBALL COACH WAS RECRUITING HER. I HAD NO IDEA SHE WAS THE
ATHLETE SHE WAS. I FIRST MET REBECCA, WE HAD SEVEN V SEVEN
FOR SOCCER, RIGHT BEFORE PRESEASON, SHE CAME DOWN TO THE FIELD AND SHE SAID “HEY ARE YOU
PART OF HOWARD?” AND I WAS LIKE “YEAH.” AND THAT’S HOW I FIRST MET HER AND SHE WAS JUST
VERY, VERY FRIENDLY, FIRST OFF. SHE WASN’T SHY AT ALL, LIKE VERY CONFIDENT. SHE WAS ALREADY
MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH LIKE THE FIRST DAY. SO SHE’S JUST ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE LIKE, YOU DON’T
MEET PEOPLE LIKE HER VERY OFTEN. SHE’S ONE OF A KIND FOR SURE. REBECCA’S EFFERVESECENT PERSONALITY AND
SENSE OF HUMOR SEEMS TO HAVE WON THE HEARTS OF BOTH HER TEAMMATES AND COACHES. ALL THE
WHILE STILL HAVING THE MENTAL FOCUS AND DRIVE TO COME THROUGH IN GAMES AND JUGGLE HER HECTIC
SCHEDULE. SHE’S A TRIP. I DON’T KNOW HOW ELSE TO SAY
IT. SHE’S HYSTERICAL. SHE WANTS TO HAVE FUN. AND SHE’S ABLE TO DO THAT. AND AT THE SAME
TIME SHE’S ABLE TO TURN THAT AND GIVE YOU EVERYTHING SHE HAS.
BEKA DEFINITELY IS A ROLE MODEL. SHE IS A LEADER. YOU ALWAYS CAN RELY ON HER. AND IT
HELPS THAT SHE IS GOOFY BECAUSE YOU NEED THAT SOMETIMES. YOU NEED THE COMIC RELIEF. BECAUSE
SOMETIMES THE GAMES GET REALLY STRESSFUL AND YOU CAN LOOK TO HER TO MAKE A GREAT PLAY OR
TO MAKE YOU LAUGH AT THE SAME TIME. SHE’S A PURE ATHLETE. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE
ELEVEN OF HER ABILITY, SHE PLAYED SOCCER IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT HER ATHLETICISM IS, THAT’S
WHAT MAKES HER WHO SHE IS. REBEKA WASN’T ALWAYS THE STAR ATHLETE AND
STUDENT THOUGH. HER HARDSHIPS BEFORE COMING TO HCC LED HER DOWN A DIFFICULT ROAD, A ROAD
THAT LEAD HER TO JOINING THE ARMY RESERVES. I WENT TO VIRGINIA WESLEYAN IN 2011, AFTER
HIGH SCHOOL. AND I FAILED MISERABLY… BUT ONCE I FAILED I REALIZED THAT I HAVE TO TURN
MY LIFE AROUND, BECAUSE IT AFFECTED NOT ONLY ME BUT MY FAMILY. AND LIKE THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS.
SO I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING BETTER FOR MYSELF. SO I DECIDED TO JOIN THE MILITARY AND EVER
SINCE I JOINED THE MILITARY IT KINDA JUST WENT UP FROM THERE. AND THEN I CAME HERE.
I HAVE A DAD WHO IS MILITARY AND I LOOK AT HER AND I KNOW WHAT SHE’S, I KNOW WHAT HER
COMMITMENT IS. AND TO BE HER AGE AND TO HAVE THAT COMMITMENT AND SHOW THAT ON THE ATHLETIC
FIELD IN DIFFERENT WAYS, I TOTALLY RESPECT HER.
I THINK BEING IN THE MILITARY, SHE’S JUST, FOR ONE SHE’S FIT. SHE, SHE’S LEADING THE
PACK AS FAR AS ALL OF OUR RUNS. AND SHE’S JUST A NATURAL LEADER.
WITH SO MUCH TALENT AND PROMISE, REBEKA HAS BEEN LEFT WITH THE DECISION OF WHAT TO FOCUS
ON AFTER HER TIME AT HCC COMES TO AN END. PLAYING SPORTS AT A 4 YEAR SCHOOL WOULD BE
A WHOLE NEW CHALLENGE BUT HER PATH MAY TAKE HER DOWN A MORE ‘CRIMINAL’ ROAD…
MY MAJOR IS CRIMINAL JUSTICE., SO I WANT TO GET INTO EITHER LAW ENFORCEMENT, IN HOPES
TO LIKE GAIN I GUESS SUPERIORITY AND GO UP TO HIGHER, HIGHER POSITIONS IN THE CRIMINAL
JUSTICE SYSTEM. LIKE GO TO GOVERNMENT WORKERS, FBI, SOMETHING LIKE THAT…I WOULD REALLY
LOVE TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP SOMEWHERE, BECAUSE MONEY’S EVERYTHING. I’D LOVE TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP
AND PLAY AND THEN GET MY BACHELOR’S IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT A FOUR-YEAR SCHOOL.
SHE DID TELL ME THAT CRIMINAL JUSTICE WAS THE WAY SHE WANTED TO GO AND YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY
I’LL HELP HER AS MUCH AS I CAN AND PUT HER IN CONTACT WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE IF I CAN. WITH HER COACHES AND TEAMMATES BEHIND HER,
REBEKA SEEMS TO HAVE A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF HER.
AND WITH THIS BASKETBALL SEASON COMING TO AN END REBEKA WILL BE HEADING INTO THE SPRING
WITH HER HEAD HELD HIGH AND A LACROSSE FIELD TO CONQUER. FOR DRAGONS LAIR UPDATE, I’M
MARYLEE ADAMS.

Randy Schultz

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