Throughout the course of NCAA Division III Week (April 2-April 9), we will profile several student-athletes who excel not only in their sports but in the Classroom, as well.
Our first profile is senior Jack Hodges of the men's tennis team, who has been a catalyst in the resurgence of Gopher tennis over the last few seasons. Hodges, who is now third all-time in singles victories in program history with 53, has also been a Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll recipient throughout his career, as well.
Why did you choose to come to Goucher and be an athlete?
I came to Goucher because I believe in devotion. I believe in a devotion to one's studies and one's sport, to one's personal conduct and to one's life. My father always tells me, "How you do anything is how you do everything". This is certainly a maxim I employ throughout my life, and it was a vibe I immediately encountered upon meeting Coach Kincaid and the rest of the Goucher community.
What do you like most about the balance in Division III between academics and athletics?
As expressed above, I believe Division III athletics allows me to excel in both athletic and academic spheres, but more importantly, I believe it fosters integrity. Over these past four years, Division III athletics has allowed me to define my most authentic self, and this can only come through balance in one's life. The devotion I have given to my athletic career has permeated into my academic life, and it is only with both working in harmony that I have managed to squeeze all I could out of these four years.
What unique opportunities has Goucher provided for you in your studies?
Goucher has given me the unparalleled opportunity to become a fluent French speaker. While studying abroad in Paris I learned more about the world and about myself than at any other point in my life. Alongside this, Goucher has given me the opportunity to see broader and deeper into the world at large, through perspectives both diverse and previously untapped in my life.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
Upon leaving Goucher College's campus I plan on following my passion, continuing on this road forged over the past four years. I plan on pursuing tennis in whichever manner it appears, competitively and educationally. Currently, this looks like work at a tennis academy in the south of France where I can continue to play tournaments and learn from the best in the field of tennis.