Eleven senior athletes committed to colleges at the athletic department’s fall signing day.
This event took place in the LPAC on November 13. Families and friends of the athletes were encouraged to come. A table with 11 chairs was set up on the auditorium’s stage with a Pius X flag behind.
“We [Athletic Department] have been having this formally for about 10-12 years,” Assistant Athletic Director Jake Moore said. “Before that we did individual signings for each senior athlete, but realized having two, one in the fall and one in the spring, would be better and more convenient.”
The spring and fall signing day has nothing to do with fall versus spring sports signing. The athlete’s signing day depends on when they have declared a school.
“Eleven students signed today. That is a big number for the fall signing, typically there are five to six athletes,” Moore said.
The spring signing day allows for students to have until next April to decide on a college. But these 11 athletes already knew where they wanted to go and saw no need to wait.
“I was nervous to do it but now that I’ve signed, I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders,” senior Olivia Theil said.
Theil committed to swimming at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
The signing day not only allows the athlete to stop stressing about their future decisions but it is also an opportunity for them to get their name out there.
“It feels good to be recognized for all the hard work that has allowed me to reach this point in my soccer career,” senior Jacy Doering said after committing to the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
The athletic department finds it important to organize this event for the athletes committed to college level sports.
“This is a big day for these athletes,” Moore said. “And no matter the sport or the school they have committed to, these players will still be representing Pius X while they on various college teams.”