Colorado Academy's Marin McCoy's a three sport athlete and leader
KUSA – Marin McCoy of Colorado Academy is returning the favor, being a role model to the younger student athletes like the ones she had once looked up to. Marin has been active participating in a sport every season. She’s played volleyball in the fall, basketball currently in the winter, and will play soccer this spring before she graduates.
Marin said, “Playing multiple sports has been great leading from one sport to another. It’s cool to see how spacing and how playing translates among them and the similarities.”
She studies the game taking in what each sport has to offer, whether it’s speed, skill, engagement, and positioning. This has allowed her to be successful. Marin recently hit her 1,000th career basketball point for the Mustangs. “I wasn’t really following my points,” she said, “I just wanted to figure out my role in my four years playing on the team. It is fun to become a bigger impact player though.”
According to Marin, however, soccer is her game of choice, clearly shown in her recent college commitment to Swathmore College, an NCAA Division III school in Pennsylvania. The school is great academically she said and that was her biggest priority when choosing where she would commit.
As for why she chose soccer, “Soccer has always been my love,” she said.
Marin has played soccer the longest. She kicked the ball around since the age of four years old and says it still gives her butterflies every time she steps on the field. Marin said, “I also feel like I am the most talented in soccer.” Therefore her college commitment to soccer is fitting.
However, for Marin McCoy, it is not about her. It is about the team. In the up-coming season for the Colorado Academy Mustangs, Marin said she is excited to go to practice and compete with, “a dedicated and motivated group of girls.” The Mustangs girls soccer team won a 3A state title last year and is looking to strike again and earn another title.
Her leadership on the team is evolving and she wants to set a good example for her teammates. “I was more of a leader by example,” she said. After receiving a captain role on the team Marin wants to be a bridge between teammates and coaches, “I’ve been trying to translate some of that to a vocal leadership where I can help give constructive criticism.” Her leadership role on the team will be helpful in their run for playoffs.
Marin is a positive role model to her fellow student athletes. Watch out for Marin McCoy and the Colorado Academy girls soccer team in Spring as they compete for a second 3A state title.
Photos from Renee Rockford.