Q&A with Signee Laney Newnam

Newnam is set to begin her collegiate soccer career at Queens University of Charlotte


Q: What is your earliest memory of playing your sport? Please describe the scene in detail.

A: The earliest memory playing sports is when I was about six or seven, and I was playing with my rec. team. I remember my coach said if we win the game, we get to paint his nails. We won the game and all painted his nails.

Q: What made you stick with your sport all these years?

A: All the people on my team. We have carried on since I was five years old, and we have a strong bond.

Q: Who are some of your athletic heroes, people you look up to in your sport? Why do they stand out?

A: I look up to Messi because he perseveres even though he got bullied.

Q: What factors led you to sign with the college/university that you chose? What made that school stand out?

A: I’m familiar with the university because my older sister goes there. I really like the location and the coaches.

Q: What course of study or major do you plan to pursue at your college or university?

A: I’m majoring in biology.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most while playing a sport while attending college?

A: I’m looking forward to traveling to new places because my conference is in places I haven’t visited.

Q: What are you anxious about as you transition to attend and play in college?

A: I’m anxious to play with college players. The speed of play is different from club.

Q: What regulations/rules did you encounter regarding recruiting and signing?

A: None, I don’t think.

Q: What is one thing you would change about your recruiting/signing process and why?

A: I wouldn’t change a single thing because I ended up where I was destined to be.

Q: It is hard for a school to tick all the boxes a student athlete might have. What are some sacrifices you had to make in order to attend your chosen school?

A: Yes, it is hard because I liked things about one school that was out of state. It’s also a smaller school and not a power five school.

Q: What advice would you give to the next class of student athletes who will go through the process of recruitment?

A: Be patient in your recruiting process because you will end up where you want to go, even if you commit really early or late.

Q: What advice would you give to your past self regarding your athletic career?

A: I would tell myself to buckle up because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Q: Who are some people you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today? How did they assist you?

A: My parents because they helped me by encouraging me.