ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomizes the conference's beam of Students First.
Stetson's Coilin MacNamara has shown he is just as avid in the classroom as he is on the court. Captain of the Men's Tennis team, he was named to the Dean's List in every semester of his four years at Stetson University, MacNamara recently completed his undergraduate studies with a 3.83 GPA in Finance.
"When I originally became team captain I just assumed my role was in that practice time on those match days and in the gym and I thought that was gonna be my role as captain," MacNamara said. "I learned very quickly the responsibilities go a lot further than that, it's about inspiring those guys to put in the extra work off the court, get ready for trips, do their homework on the road and make sure they're not falling behind."
Helping the Hatters to appearances in the ASUN Championship in each of his four years, MacNamara saw his team reach as far as the ASUN Final in 2018. Off the court, the native of Ireland was honored by the ITA as a Scholar-Athlete twice in his career. MacNamara was also part of the Chi Alpha Sigma greek academic honor society on the Stetson campus.
"Time management has been the biggest lesson I've learned with this university between the tennis and academics," stated MacNamara. "I think it's really prepared me to understand how difficult things can be and then trying to figure out a way and problem-solve through them."
Preparing for his career after Stetson, MacNamara has worked as a Financial Comptroller for the New Canaan Field Club, a family-friendly aquatics and racquets club in Connecticut.
His move to the United States from Ireland has helped him to pinpoint advice for those making the same move from a foreign land to the United States for collegiate athletics.
"I think the biggest thing for me would be to get to know your coach, really get to know your coach before you come," MacNamara advised. "Your coach is gonna be that person that's with you for four years through the good, through the bad and I couldn't be happier that I chose Coach Noblet."