Student Profiles - Brittany Troutman
Major: Elementary education and special education
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
Sport: Field Hockey
Brittany Troutman, a junior and co-captain on the Millersville Field Hockey team, has contributed to her team’s growing success in many ways. As a freshman, Troutman made appearances in all but one game of the 2010 season. She tallied three goals and two assists to end the 2010 season with eight points ranking her third on the team. In the 2011 season, Troutman started 15 games and scored the game-winning goal against Slippery Rock in September. This year Troutman serves as one of four team captains and has played a big role in helping her team clench several wins over nationally ranked teams.
How long have you been playing field hockey?
I’ve been playing field hockey since 6th grade.
What made you choose Millersville University?
I like that it is close to home. It’s a great school for education, and I loved the girls on the field hockey team.
What do you love most about playing field hockey here at Millersville?
I love my teammates. We all get along so well, which makes playing the sport you love that much more enjoyable.
What do you find most challenging about playing a college sport?
The time management is hard between classes, homework, practices and games.
As an athlete, sports take up a majority of your time. How do you juggle playing field hockey and keeping up with your academics?
I stay on campus all day so it forces me to do my work in between classes and practice, so when I go home at night, I am not overwhelmed by having to do a lot of homework and studying.
Many people have a professor, mentor or advisor that has positively influenced their educational experience. Who is yours?
During my freshman year, Dr. Daniel O’Neill, associate professor of counseling and human development, was very influential to me. He made you feel like you could do anything you wanted in life, and he would drop anything to help you get there. That is really important when you are a freshman in college and are not in a major yet.
How have your parents influenced you on and off the field?
They both played sports when they were younger so they understand my drive for competition and have always supported me in the sports that I have played. My mother was there to clean me up while my father was there to push me harder and harder, and I believe this is how I have become successful.
Athletes mentally prepare for games in many different ways. How do you prepare for a big game?
I listen to my iPod, and I don’t let anything get inside my head. I ignore everything else in my life and just enjoy the fact that I get to play the sport I love.
Have you received any awards for your sport?
I earned The Heart Award, which was a team award my freshman year. I was also named First Team All-star my sophomore year.
What is your most memorable moment as a Millersville Marauder?
My most memorable moment would have to be when my teammates and I completed The Program in the spring season of 2012. The Program is a leadership and team-building development program run by collegiate and professional scholar-athletes, corporate leaders and military special-operations warriors. The main goal was to help us get that much better and it was exactly what our team needed. We also learned how to be leaders to each other by learning the difference between being teammates and being friends. The Program was very physically enabling on our bodies but it was more a mental test than anything else. We struggled as a team during some exercises but we also finished every exercise strong and by being that much better!
What are some of your responsibilities being a captain?
Being a team captain has taught me to be a teammate and not a friend when we are on the field hockey field. Our responsibilities include keeping everyone on the team on the same page and having everyone ready to go for practices, games and team events. Other responsibilities often include taking a hit for your team, which could mean running that extra lap or taking a card during the game for your team. Our job is to basically take care of our people (thanks to The Program) and if we do this we will be successful together!
Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I enjoy playing soccer, watching movies, listening to country music and hanging out with my friends and family.
Are you involved in any other activities on or off campus?
I help coach field hockey camps through the Reach Athletic Development (RAD) program run by our coach Shelly Behrens. This program is designed to provide the opportunity for kids of all ages to play field hockey while improving their skills in a fun and challenging way.
Overall, how has Millersville helped you succeed?
Millersville is giving me the education I need to be the best teacher I can be.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would love to coach field hockey and find a job teaching anywhere from kindergarten through third grade.
If you could offer one piece of advice to incoming student-athletes, what would it be?
Reach out to your teammates, other athletes and the athletic staff when you have questions. Someone along the road has had the same questions or problems. We have one of the best athletic staffs, and they have always done what is best for their athletes.