Meet the Athlete: Greg Rushing

Born in Rochester, New York, and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, Greg Rushing picked up lacrosse after growing tired of baseball in eighth grade. From there, Greg won a state championship at Fossil Ridge High School his junior year and nabbed All-American honors his senior year before playing four years at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Greg played for clubs in Melbourne, Australia, and New York City before moving to Seattle to pursue a career in private equity. He now plays for the WAC men’s team and also enjoys working out at the WAC and spending time in Hagerty’s.

Q. How was the overall experience playing lacrosse in college?
A. I can’t imagine college without lacrosse. You’re always
pushing your body and mind. The competition is world-class, and the guys you play with end up being your friends for life.

Q. What was the move like from high school to college?
A. I was easily one of the worst players on the team when I showed up as a freshman. I really focused on fitness and getting better with my stick skills. When I returned as a sophomore,
I earned a starting spot about halfway through the season.

Q. What’s your favorite part about the sport?
A. The best thing about lacrosse is that you can play forever. Even though it’s physical, you can play well into your sixties. It’s like basketball or soccer in that sense. You can stay connected to the game for a long time. There’s also a great sense of community within the sport.

Q. Any advice for young players with aspirations of making it to the collegiate or professional level?
A. For college, get good grades. Most of the schools that have good Division I programs are also great academic schools.
One of the reasons UMass wanted to recruit me was because I had good grades. I think it also helps to be a multisport athlete. Most coaches will tell you they prefer kids who play two or three sports.

As published in the September/October 2021 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted September 4, 2021

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