Since launching the program in 2007, ETSU men’s soccer has seen a lot of success from its student-athletes both on and off the pitch.
Junior Samuel Sevigny, a native of Quebec, Canada, is a leading example of how the ETSU men’s soccer team has achieved greatness, and at the same time, provided its players with professional opportunities to advance their careers.
This past January, Sevigny was selected as the only ETSU student to attend The Washington Center for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Program. This deserving opportunity was a unique, two-week intensive internship that gave him the opportunity to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit.
In the two weeks leading up to the inauguration, Sevigny, along with approximately 200 students from all over the country, were given the opportunity to attend The Washington Center’s academic seminars. With an insider pass – and the chance to interact with experts – Sevigny was able to delve into pressing issues in politics, race, equity, foreign affairs and immigration.
“We had the same schedule for two weeks,” Sevigny said. “We woke up at 7 a.m. and have breakfast. Then we would attend a three-hour conference about one of the different aspects of politics each day. In the afternoon, we visited businesses, national monuments, and networked with people in D.C.”
Sevigny says the highlight of his experience was the Holocaust Museum.
“This was next-level eye opening,” he said. “After speaking with two Holocaust survivors in the museum, you could feel the emotion when they talked about their experiences. It was remarkable to listen what they went through. It reminds you that human rights are not to be taken for granted. It was a really, really defining moment.”
Sevigny, a communications major, expects to graduate in the spring of 2018. Following graduation, he plans to explore a career path involved in sales and business development. His long-term goal is to ultimately devote time to politics, so this internship opportunity was fitting for his professional aspirations.
“On paper, in terms of personal brand, this trip put me in a credible position for when I eventually go into the job market,” Sevigny said. “I want to get into politics in the future, so I was interested to see how it works from an insider’s perspective.
“This was a very rewarding and an eye-opening experience for me. My biggest takeaway – regardless of whom you are backing or who is elected – is to develop and cultivate an open mind. It gives you the ability to take a step back when it comes to controversial issues that spark debate.”
Sevigny is recognized as a leader on and off the field.
ETSU men’s soccer head coach, Bo Oshoniyi says Sevigny leads by great example.
“Sam is a great human being. He is one of those guys that you know what you are going to get,” Oshoniyi said. “Academically he just blows everyone away. He is very valuable to everything that we are about, and he really represents ETSU in the right way.”
Oshoniyi is committed to building his players into successful student-athletes.
“On the field our demands are high,” he said. “I think we push our players every single day in everything that we do, and I think that helps them grow – not only as soccer players – but also as student-athletes. The combination of high standards and all the support we have at ETSU, I think it helps our entire team grow.”
As a sophomore, Sevigny played in 18 matches (14 starts) in the 2016 season. Sevigny played full time in four matches and averaged 66 minutes per game. He was also a member of the Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference Team.