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Casey Gibson

The thing Casey Gibson is going to miss most about Dominican is the special bond that existed between his classmates. “There is great camaraderie at Dominican between the students,” says Casey. “There’s that sense of community and family where, 95 percent of the time, I would walk down a path on Dominican’s campus and see someone I know.”

Casey came to Dominican from a small school of about 300 students in Arizona where his parents were law enforcement rangers at Grand Canyon National Park.

“Dominican was the best fit for me academically, athletically, and socially,” says Casey, a goalie on the Penguins’ NCAA Division II men’s soccer team.

Dominican men’s soccer coach, Jon Delano, identified Casey as an exceptional student-athlete as a freshman.

“From the start, I realized I was in the company of a very dynamic individual,” says Delano, now associate head men’s soccer coach at Harvard University. “Casey has an unbelievable work ethic, which he demonstrates in the classroom and on the field. His work ethic, his character, and his intelligence will no doubt find him success in the future.”

Casey was named male senior scholar student-athlete of the year at the Penguins’ season-ending athletics awards presentation this spring. He won the top scholar student-athlete plaque as a junior as well. He also participated in the 2012 West Region NCAA Career in Sports Forum and was involved in numerous activities while at Dominican with unbridled energy.

Casey credits so many mentors, including Brad VanAlstyne, chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, and the coaches who recruited him to Dominican, Jon Delano and Phil Billeci-Gard, “who become my parental figures, and helped me grow not only on the soccer field but off the field.”

The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, who are moving into a new state-of-the-art stadium in 2014, have asked Casey to return for another summer internship this year and they plan to expand his role in media/public relations and give him more responsibilities. Last year Casey worked in the front office and, on game days, in the press box. He was responsible for writing for the team’s website and game-day program and conducting post-game interviews with MLS stars, including David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski.

The Earthquakes’ job experience will allow Casey to stay in touch with soccer. He played his final game for the Penguins last October on Senior Day and it was a particularly emotional time for Casey.

“It was all coming to an end and yet you realize you got to spend it with teammates you call your brothers,” he says. “It will be a memory I take with me throughout my life.”

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