NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ryan Cooper, Cazenovia College

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ryan Cooper, Cazenovia College

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. In the final spotlight of the fall semester, we catch up with Ryan Cooper from Cazenovia College.

Name: Ryan Cooper
Hometown: Elbridge, N.Y.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior with a major in Environmental Biology and a minor in Education.

Why did you choose to attend Cazenovia College?

I chose Cazenovia College because it is a beautiful small town with a good reputation that is close to my hometown.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Cazenovia College baseball team?

I take pride in being a part of the Cazenovia baseball team and it is an unbelievable honor to be associated with a hardworking group of guys I get to call my teammates.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Cazenovia College, what would it be?

When I pitched against Lancaster Bible last season and won 4-3. We pulled off a major upset at their home field and it truly brought us together as a team.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

I am planning on attending SUNY Oswego's graduate program for education with the intention of becoming a high school science teacher as well as a head coach.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I am in the Beta Beta Beta Honor Society, which is the Biology honor society at Cazenovia.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Rewarding, Humbling, Commitment

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

If I am starting a game on the mound, I have a very specific routine which consists of running five poles and playing catch three separate times - once an hour before the game, once 30 minutes before the game and then a short bullpen session about 5-10 minutes before the game. My only superstition while I'm pitching is that I will not sit down while I am still in the game. I remain standing or constantly pacing during my entire outing.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food: Surf and Turf

Professional Team or Player: New York Yankees

Movie: The Pursuit of Happiness

Class at Cazenovia: Genetics

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I am #NEACStrong because I am dedicated.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: