Senior Athlete Spotlight: Michael Beck

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Senior Athlete Spotlight: Michael Beck by Madi Gross
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“I remember feeling extremely proud as a freshman to be a part of a basketball team at the collegiate level, and that sense of pride came back as a senior when the season was over,” said Edinboro athlete Michael Beck. 

Originally from Erie, Beck said that a contributing factor to why he chose Edinboro was the short distance from home. 

“It was about 20 minutes away from home, so I had my own place and privacy, but at the same time I was close to family,” he explained. “It’s always been important to keep family around. I thrive off of my family and all of the support they’ve given me.” 

He also noted Edinboro’s health and physical education program impressed him on his multiple visits to the school.

Beck, recruited out of high school, began his college athletic career as a freshman at Edinboro, but began playing basketball at a very young age. 

“I remember shooting in the driveway with my dad all the time,” he said. “I remember playing on a youth MYAA (Millcreek Youth Athletic Association) team with my best friend Matty Harris,” Beck continued. “My dad and his dad were our coaches the whole time. We grew up together and just being around two basketball families all the time game me a love for the game.”

In his time at Edinboro, Beck played guard and forward while wearing the number 23 on his jersey. 

“My freshman year I had some good moments and some bad moments, but I think that helped me prepare for the next three years.” He went on, “I think I took more of a leadership role each year I was on the team and by my junior and senior [years,] all [of] my hard work paid off when I was named a captain.”

Beck explained that throughout the years he played at Edinboro, he battled an Achilles injury. 

“Thanks to Danielle (Lodanoski, assistant athletic trainer) and all of the other athletic training staff, I was able to get through it.” 

Beck went on to explain how he will miss the teammates he has had throughout the years here, the competition and, most of all, being on a team.

“I took pride in calling myself a student-athlete and I’ll just miss everything that comes along with that title,” he said. “I will definitely keep basketball in my life through coaching, and I see myself joining some recreational leagues soon too.”

His advice to current or future athletes of Edinboro would be: “Cherish all of the time you have with your teammates because four years goes faster than you think. Try to enjoy the long bus rides, the practices and the games because even though at times it may seem like a grind, in the end it will be something you miss the most.” Beck went on, “Being a college athlete is tough, but the sense of pride and accomplishment you have if you stick with it at the end is priceless.”

Along with his family and supporters, Beck wanted to thank his coaches, Pat Cleary and Chris Bess.

“I appreciate how they would let me know that I was doing a great job in the classroom, and I think they do a good job of letting the players know that academics are just [as] important.”

 “My time at Edinboro has meant a lot to me because I have a passion to teach, and I feel that my HPE program prepared me to become a phenomenal educator,” Beck stated. He hopes to put his degree to use and get a job in the field right after he graduates from Edinboro.

Beck used the word “successful” to define his career as a student-athlete. 

“I came into Edinboro with the mindset to play a game I have had a passion for since I was a little kid, but at the same time to get my degree. I have accomplished a lot inside the classroom, and I am also happy with the career I have had on the basketball court.”

He concluded, “I had a goal in mind and I believe I exceeded that goal.”

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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