Salisbury senior women’s basketball standout Lauren Rothfeld is an exercise science major with a deep passion for the hardcourt, crossfit, and Netflix. Rothfeld and the Sea Gulls are currently 7-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play, and host Frostburg State in CAC action on Saturday. INTRODUCING … Lauren Rothfeld.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I have been playing basketball pretty much since I could walk. Growing up I was involved in many sports and activities, but basketball was always a constant. My first basketball team consisted of all boys and me. I was four. In first grade I played in my town’s intramural team where my dad coached me. Third grade I started playing for AAU for the Renegades. This is where I was first introduced to two of the most influential coaches of my career, Vince Catenzaro and Steve Flynn. In high school, I was on the varsity team for all four years. Vince Catenzaro was my coach for three of those years and my senior year Morgan Funsten took over the program. It was always the plan to play basketball in college because I couldn’t imagine life without playing. Salisbury University is where I decided to continue my basketball career.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
My major is exercise science. The most important thing that I have learned from exercise science is that no two people are the same. Every patient has a different background and their everyday life is incredibly different. Therefore, I need to treat each patient with an open mind.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite place on campus is probably the Commons dining hall. I love going there to eat because I get to see everyone I know, while eating really good food!
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
When thinking of my favorite place to go I think about a place where I am always smiling, laughing, and around people I love. That is a no brainer! GFit Women, the crossfit gym that I go to in Dresher, Pennsylvania. I love my GFit family! It is what I look forward to each day in the summer when I get to go to the gym, get a great workout in and laugh while doing it because of all the amazing friends I have made there. The environment is unlike any gym I have ever been to, GFit is truly has a special place in my heart!
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I am a member of SAM (Student Athlete Mentor) and SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
The most memorable experience is easily my sophomore year when we won the CAC Championship! Nothing will beat the feeling we all had when that final buzzer sounded after the second overtime and all of the fans started screaming, chanting and jumping around. It was absolutely insane!
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
The most influential person in my life is my long time coach Vince Catenzaro. The reason I am the basketball player that I am today is all because of him. He took a young, awkwardly tall, lanky third grader under his wing and made me into a college basketball player. He not only taught me everything about basketball, but life lessons too, whether he knew it or not. He taught me to always go after what I wanted, no matter how hard it was. He taught me to never be satisfied with anything, to stay hungry and work for perfection.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
I think the biggest issue college students are facing is the astronomical price of college tuition. A lot of people are putting college off for years because they can’t afford it. Or when students get out of college they have loans that they have to pay off for years to come.
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?
I would change how much professional athletes get paid. I understand that they bring in a lot of money, but I don’t understand why they make triple the amount that a teacher makes. A teacher is someone who is molding our youth and teaching them life lessons that are going to help them for years to come. They are doing more than the professional athletes, but no elementary schooler says when they grow up they want to be a teacher. They say they want to be a professional athlete because they are famous and for the amount of money they make. I think it sends the wrong message to our youth.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
My favorite form of entertainment is Netflix. I love just being able to unwind by myself after a long day with my laptop and any show from One Tree Hill to Prison Break.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
One piece of advice that I would give to an elementary schooler is just to be themselves. Who cares what people think of you! Be confident in who you are and don’t let anyone bring you down. Most importantly stay true to who you are, don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t just to fit in with the crowd.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
The Philadelphia Eagles!! I have grown up watching the games with my family and friends.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
- Kevin Hart because he is hysterical and I would get a really good laugh out of that dinner.
- Michael Scofield from Prison Break to just talk to him to see how he had the idea to break his brother out of prison.
- Michelle Obama because she is so real. She has seen so much and I would love to hear all about the past eight years as the first lady.