Feb. 12, 2013
CONWAY - As we count down to the inaugural game, each day GoCCUSports.com will profile the lighter side of Coastal Lacrosse. Today's student-athletes to be profiled are Kaitlyn Trodden and Austin Brown.
#16 Kaitlyn Trodden
What is your personal goal for the inaugural season? My goals for the inaugural season are to be remembered as a team for who we are, to not be underestimated and to be the Big South Conference Champions.
What got you started in lacrosse? My father got me started in lacrosse back in the first grade.
What is your major, and what are your plans after college? I am an exercise and sports science major, and after graduating from Coastal Carolina I plan on attending PT school and becoming a physical therapist.
Where is your hometown? Kings Park, N.Y.
What's your position responsible for on the field? Directing the defense in the right direction and to get everyone communicating.
How do you help the team stay focused during the season? During the season I will bring intensity to every second that I am on the field so we are all concentrated and all bringing our best effort.
Who is your role model? My grandfather and Beyoncé.
What is your biggest pet peeve? People being messy.
What is your favorite pre-game meal? Pasta with chicken, olives, spinach and garlic.
Do you have any superstitions? Magic is real and so is Hogwarts.
What is your favorite moment in your lacrosse career? Being nominated in the Top 25 Defenders by ESPNHS.
What's your guilty pleasure music-wise? Music that I can sing to; I love to belt out a good tune before a game.
If you could be an animal what would you be? A flying monkey.
Why did you choose the number you wear? All my numbers were chosen but 16 will do.
Why did you choose Coastal? I chose Coastal Carolina because I wanted to be by the beach, the campus is beautiful and Coach Jaime Sellers and Christie Kaestner were very welcoming. Also I wanted to be a legend and a part of the new women's lacrosse program.
#18 Austin Brown
What is your personal goal for the inaugural season? To help lead us to a successful season, have fun and win games.
What got you started in lacrosse? My aunt coached high school lacrosse in Delaware and over the summer her babysitters for my little cousins were her lacrosse players and they got me started playing on the beach. After that I found a middle school team in Charlotte, then set my goals to play in college.
What is your major, and what are your plans after college? My major is sport management. My plan after school is to work for Major League Baseball or do something where I am involved with sports.
Where is your hometown? Mint Hill, N.C.
What's your position responsible for on the field? To transition the ball from the defensive end to the offensive end of the field.
How do you help the team stay focused during the season? By encouraging everyone and making sure we stay on task in order to practice and play well.
Who is your role model? My mom.
What is your biggest pet peeve? When people don't hustle or know the plays.
What is your favorite pre-game meal? A bagel with cream cheese.
Do you have any superstitions? I have many! One is that I have to have my #18 necklace on up until I am about to leave the locker room before the game.
What is your favorite moment in your lacrosse career? Making my 400th point (goals and assists combined) with an assist to my little sister during my senior night game.
What's your guilty pleasure music-wise? Anything country.
If you could be an animal what would you be? A horse.
Why did you choose the number you wear? A friend of the family, John Vukovich, coached for the Phillies and he wore number 18. My brother, sister and I all wear the number to honor him because he passed away of brain cancer.
Why did you choose Coastal? The coaches are amazing, they have my major, and the location is perfect; not too close to home, but still close enough my parents will be able to make it to games. And being by the beach isn't too shabby either.