Student Profiles - Colby Zeger
Major: Occupational safety & environmental health
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
Sport: Men's Soccer
Colby Zeger, a junior and captain of the men’s soccer team, has contributed to his team’s success in the past few years. As a freshman, Zeger started all 18 games. The 2011 season was a successful one for the Marauders and for Zeger as well. He started in all 23 games, collected two back-to-back game winning assists and scored in penalty kicks to help advance the Marauders to the NCAA semi-finals. Throughout his career, Zeger has managed to keep his priorities in line when it comes to balancing his schoolwork and his sport.
How long have you been playing soccer?
I have been playing soccer since I was 5 years old – 15 years in total.
What made you choose Millersville University?
I really liked the campus when I visited and knew they had a good soccer program.
What do you love most about playing soccer?
We have a very close knit team. The guys on the team are like brothers to me.
How do you juggle your sport and your academics?
Playing a sport requires a lot of time management and planning ahead. You have to use your practice and games as your relaxing time and give up some other things.
How has your educational experience been at Millersville?
My educational experience has been enjoyable so far. My most challenging experience has just been being able to manage playing a sport along with staying on top of my academics. On the flip side, working hard and being successful in both sports and academics is one of the most rewarding feelings you can have.
Of all the professors you’ve had at MU who has influenced you the most?
One of the most influential professors I have come in contact with was my chemistry professor, Dr. Aimee Miller. She was very supportive when I was missing class and was very accommodating in helping me catch up in the class. She was always interested in how the team was doing and would constantly congratulate me on big victories.
Who has been most influential to you on the soccer field?
Coach Steve Widdowson has been the most influential person for me on the field. He has always pushed me to be better and reach my full potential. He also takes great pride in the team performing well academically and is always pushing us to do well in the classroom as well.
How do you prepare for a big game?
I always focus on my roles and responsibilities on the field for that game. I eat the same pregame meal and listen to my iPod before each game in the locker room.
Have you received any academic awards?
I received the PSAC Scholar-Athlete award.
What is your most memorable moment as a Marauder?
My most memorable moment being a Marauder was during the elite eight game last season, as well as the PSAC championship game. Winning the PSAC championship was a first in school history and the thought of making history for our school was a great feeling. The elite eight game went into penalty kicks, and I was the last one to take the kick for our team. After I took mine, our goalkeeper stopped the other team’s shot and we were headed to the final four. It was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had going to the Final Four in Florida.
What do you like to do in your down time?
I love playing video games and playing any type of sport with my friends.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I hope to receive a full-time job pertaining to risk management and eventually go back to graduate school.
If you could offer one piece of advice to incoming student-athletes, what would it be?
The single thing that I would recommend is to not take anything for granted and to make the most of every experience you encounter. Millersville has great opportunities both academically and athletically. Learn to manage your time and don’t be afraid to reach your full potential.
How has Millersville helped you succeed?
Millersville has helped me grow as a person and has taught me how to organize my time. The school has great opportunities to succeed and pushes you academically. Millersville also has a great support system for its athletes, which makes it that much more fun to be a part of a team.