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.
FGCU's Maggie Rick excels as a student, being named the 2018 ASUN Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earning a slot on the All-Academic team for the third-straight season. A member of Honors College at Florida Gulf Coast University, Rick has received a Blue and Green Directors Award Scholarship. As an Economics major with a 3.89 cumulative GPA, she has made the President's List two semesters, the Dean's List four semesters as well as achieving the AD Honor Roll in a total of six semesters. Rick recently completed a summer internship doing data analytics for the tech company, ReachMobi.
"Students First means to me no matter how much you have going on in your day and how stressed you are with your sport that you still need to get your work done and prioritize studying, Rick explained her thoughts on Students First mentality. "Getting good grades in the classroom should be above everything else."
Maggie Rick's accomplishments at Florida Gulf Coast University has left an indelible impact on the volleyball program as well as the community of Fort Myers, Fla. The senior setter from Alpharetta, Ga. has served the campus and surrounding area as a representative of the Eagles Council.
"Being a student-athlete is helping me with everything I'm planning after graduation," Rick added of her time as an FGCU student-athlete. "It is helping me with a lot of time management skills now so that in the future I won't be overwhelmed by any projects I get at work or anything that happens outside of work in my life."
On the court, Rick has become one of the most accomplished student-athletes in FGCU's Division I program history. Entering the NCAA Tournament, she has amassed 4,501 assists with an average of 9.81 per set. Her assist total is fifth-most in conference history and she recently became FGCU's Division I program leader in the category. The 2016 ASUN Setter of the Year and three-time All-Conference selection, Rick guided the Eagles to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the conference regular season and championship titles.
"She's a focused young woman, extremely intelligent, compassionate, empathetic and socially she has a great personality and can interact with a variety of different people," FGCU Volleyball Head Coach Matt Botsford stated about Rick's future. "All of these things help to make her who she is. I don't think there is a path that she can take that she won't be successful in.
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