Southern Virginia men’s lacrosse senior Greg Gowdy is a business major who can be found on campus in the training room, working on the video crew for the communications team, and watching his favorite shows on television. Gowdy and the Knights continue CAC action on Saturday as they host Mary Washington at noon. INTRODUCING ... Greg Gowdy.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I started playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school. My friends convinced me to play it instead of playing soccer.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
My major is in business and the most important thing I’ve learned is discretionary effort. For me to be successful or a team, we have to want to do what we need to do. If we choose to do it, we will most likely want to be the best at it and then we will be successful.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the training room because that is where I met my wife and that’s where I get to see her every day. I am able to do rehab on my body as well as spend time with her.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
I love to visit Utah because I have four siblings living there as well as a few friends so it is great to be able to spend time with them.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
On campus I’m an intern for the communications team and I work on the video crew.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
My first spring season of lacrosse in 2015, after our third game I got staph infection in my ankle and it took two surgeries to get it all out. I was able to get a medical red shirt so I didn’t lose any eligibility but my life changed that semester and it isn’t the same as it used to be but it is tremendously better now.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
I can’t pick just one because I’ve been influenced by all of my friends, teachers, and everyone that I’ve been around.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
I think it’s social media/time management and I see it in my life as well as in others. Many college students can find things so easily and quickly and seeing so many people do awesome things right at our finger tips they think we can easily duplicate it. Students are influenced greatly by what they see on social media. Also students spend too much time on social media and miss opportunities to improve themselves and spend time with those they are around.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
As an athlete, I would like to be able to change how we test athletes for drug use. I’m not against the use of drugs in sports because I believe all elite athletes are on some sort of performance-enhancing drug (PED). If some way existed to stop athletes from taking PEDs, I don’t think sports would be as entertaining to watch.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
TV shows. The character and story building is incredible. Some TV shows make you feel like you are a part of the story.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Be proud of who you are and who you can become. No one else in the world is like you, so be you, don’t be anyone else.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
Notre Dame lacrosse because that is where my head coach came from and we learned how to play defense from them.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
- Jesus Christ, because He is my savior and it would be amazing to get to know the man who gave His life for me.
- My great-grandfather, who I am named after. I would like to get to know him because I am named after him and see how we are alike.
- C.S. Lewis – it would be great to sit down and talk to him because I really enjoy a lot of his writings.