Caleb Pollema–Staff Writer
Jason Seeley started playing soccer when he was 4 years old on a team his mom coached and now he wears #19 for the Defender men’s soccer team.
Seeley is a senior biomedical engineering major from Golden, Colorado. As a team captain and midfielder, he has played in 14 games this year.
Q: What sports did you play throughout high school?
JS: The only sport I played in high school was soccer. Between high school and club teams, I would be playing year ‘round so I never really considered playing another sport.
Q: What has been your favorite memory playing soccer here at Dordt?
JS: I’d say my favorite memory was probably our regular-season match against Hastings last year. We competed extremely well and were tied 1-1 after regulation. We lost in extra time, but being able to play the way we did was still very satisfying. Of course Hastings ended up winning nationals, but I think we were the only team to force them into extra time last year.
Q: Why did you come to Dordt?
JS: It just ended up being the right fit. I never wanted to go to a very big school. I also wanted to be able to play soccer and get a biomedical engineering degree, which isn’t offered at a lot of small Christian colleges. I looked at a lot of schools before deciding on Dordt. Unlike many Dordt students, I have no familial connections with Dordt and knew nothing about the Reformed denomination before coming, so it was a pretty big adjustment.
Q: What athletes did you look up to growing up?
JS: Ever since I can remember, I have been a big fan of FC Barcelona. As a result, most of the athletes I looked up to played for Barcelona. I was a big fan of Ronaldinho when I was really young. I even remember dressing up as him for Halloween. More recently, the players I have looked up to the most have been Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
Q: What are your personal goals for the season?
JS: I don’t have too many personal goals. I just want to be able to play as much as possible and help the team succeed. It’s hard to realize there are only a few matches left in my soccer career, since it’s pretty much the only thing I’ve cared about for the last 17 years.
Q: What are your goals as a team for this season?
JS: One of our team goals has always been to make the playoffs. I think we would all like to see us finish in the top four, which would ensure a home game in the first round of playoffs. That goal may be out of reach for this season, but it is something we have strived for every year. Additionally, the team is young, so giving the younger players experience and mental discipline is very important.
Q: What hobbies do you have?
JS: When not playing soccer, I usually spend my time hanging out with friends, playing video games or watching Netflix. When I’m back home, I try to go skiing or hiking as much as possible. I also like reading and going to sporting events like Colorado Rapids or Colorado Rockies games.
Q: What are your plans after college?
JS: I’m hoping to go to medical school and become a doctor or surgeon. After graduation, I’ll probably return to Colorado and work for a year or travel before going to medical school. A lot of schools like to see work experience, so a gap year could prove beneficial in the application process. If I like work enough, I may also decide to forgo medical school and continue working as an engineer.