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Carrie Quigley on Leadership

Carrie Quigley

Serving as team captain last year, Carrie Quigley ’19 will continue in that role during her senior year. She plays center midfield and is majoring in elementary and special education.

Q: Who are some of your favorite professional athletes?

A: Some of my favorite professional athletes are Morgan Brian and Tierna Davidson of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team and Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Q: Who are your role models?

A: My role models are individuals who are closest to me, including my parents, siblings and former teammates who have recently graduated.

Q: Is there a particular leadership style that you adhere to, or is there a person who embodies a leadership style that you want to emulate?

A: Christie Rampone, retired captain of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, embodies a leadership style that I strive to emulate. As a somewhat shy center defender, Rampone enjoyed the challenge of leadership and attributes her success as a leader to her shy nature. She felt that she earned her respect on the field and never needed to be the loudest in the locker room in order to be a great leader. As I reflect on my leadership thus far, I can see similar qualities in personality and leadership behavior in myself, and I continuously look up to the leadership style of Christie Rampone as a mentor and guide.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a team captain/leader: more democratic or more authoritative?

A: I am a more democratic team leader. While play8ing and connecting with individuals close in age and at a more mature level, I feel that these women do not need another authoritative person in their lives. At the college level, student-athletes should be aware of their expectations on and off the field.

Q: On the field, why is it important to have a strong leader?

A: During games, as both a center midfielder and team captain, I find myself in the middle of most adversities. On the field, with questionable calls, a player not playing her best game, or just a team huddle, leadership can make a huge difference in the outcome of any game. Leaders must disregard any personal connections or feelings to better support their teammates.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: Teaching elementary-aged students of all abilities. I want to help children understand difficult subjects and persevere through tough obstacles both academically and emotionally. I would also like to be a soccer coach at the club level.

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