MSMC's Academic coaches. Racheal Shertzer on the left, Megan Morrissey in the middle and Patrick Duffy on the right. (Photo courtesy of

by Steven Fabrizio

NEWBURGH—Many college student athletes have a hard time managing their time between class and their sport, but according to Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) academic coaches, it is possible to survive.

Student athletes at every college feel the stress that comes with both class and their sport. Some examples of the stress they feel are late night practices, early morning practices, paper due dates, and not having enough time to study for an exam.

Sophomore Joe Timmons, a member of the men’s lacrosse team, feels the stress that comes with being a student athlete.

“It’s real hard on me when I have practice until 10 or 12 o’clock at night and then have to get up for my 8 a.m. the next morning,” he said.

The practice times are always different depending upon the class times and times that either the field or the gyms are open.

Ryan Kadlubowski, the head men’s basketball coach, talking about his practice times this upcoming season said, “I have to practice 9 til 11p.m. some nights because I either have guys in class till 6:40p.m. or other teams are on the court.”

Timmons said he needs to be there more hours in the day.

“After a day of classes and then having to go to practice for two to three hours, I can’t find anytime to go do the homework I have or study for a test that I have,” he commented.

With all of the stress there is being a student athlete at any college, most colleges try hard to keep their student athletes ready for what is thrown at them during the season.

At MSMC, academic coaches are always available to help people make a schedule for themselves to be the most efficient.

Racheal Shertzer, one of the academic coaches at MSMC, said to make sure to prioritize one’s work.

“As an athlete you have more obligations that require your free time,” she said “Prioritizing your academic work and responsibilities is essential.”

“Student athletes have less time then most students to do work throughout the day,” added Shertzer, “so they may need to get up and do their work early in the morning because it’s a time of the day when some kids are the most alert. Doing homework after a late night practice isn’t any good because that is when students are the most tired.”

Shertzer also stresses that if student athletes are having trouble, they should get help as soon as possible.

“As an athlete, you have less time for things so waiting for help will only hurt your academics and ultimately, performance on the field in the long run.”

Shertzer knows that not every student is the same.

“At the end of the day, everyone needs different things and learns in different ways,” Shertzer said. “An individualized approach is always best, which is why students are assigned Academic Coaches,” said Shertzer.