Name: Jack Guida
School: Brewster High School
Athletic accomplishments: As of Thursday, Guida had piled up 610 yards rushing on 62 carries with 11 touchdowns. He’d completed 19 of 36 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had two interceptions, one of which he ran back for a score. Guida, voted captain by the coaching staff, was a member of the LoHud Super 11. He was the Bears’ MVP last season. He was named all-section in football last year. Guida is also a member of the lacrosse team. He’s been offered a full scholarship to play lacrosse at Siena College.
Academic accomplishments: Guida has a 96.98 GPA. He’s ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. He’s taken four AP classes. He scored 1,350 on the SAT, 24 on the ACT and a 740 on the Physics SAT II. Guida’s a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. In school, he’s a member of Semper Fi, Link Crew and Varsity Club. After school, he’s helped the young kids at football clinics run by the team. Over the summer, he worked as a counselor at CCC (Country Children’s Center), a day camp in Katonah.
Getting to know Jack Guida
The Journal News: When and why did you start playing football?
Jack Guida: I was in the fourth grade and it was because of my older brother (Joey). I’d always follow him around and wanted to follow in his footsteps.
TJN: How has the transition from running back to quarterback gone?
JG: It’s been good. I did take some snaps from the Wildcat last year, so I do have some past experience playing at JV. Also, all of the coaches, including Coach (Ed) Mulvihill, have done a good job of getting me the ball as a running back too. In the end it works out really well.
TJN: Do you like being the quarterback?
JG: I really like it because it gives me a chance to get the ball every play and have the ball in my hands even if I do hand it off. So far, I’ve been able to do a lot of good things with the ball.
TJN: Has your perspective on football changed since you moved to the quarterback position?
JG: It’s completely different. Last year, when I was the running back, all I had to do was block to the left and block to the right. Now, I have to understand all the routes and how to break down all the coverages. It’s a lot different but my coaches and teammates have really helped me with that.
TJN: Have you thought about playing football in college?
JG: Based on the success we had last year, it opened a lot of opportunities for me. I decided I wanted to explore them and, with how this season has started, I learned that these opportunities are something I can’t pass up.
TJN: What about the offer from Siena College regarding lacrosse?
JG: I did give them a verbal commitment but that was before interest started coming in from the football coaches.
TJN: So if playing football in college is coming back into play, what does your college list look like?
JG: Princeton is my top choice. Also Cornell and Villanova are in my top three.
TJN: Do you know what you want to study?
JG: Engineering, I just don’t know what field of engineering. I like problem solving and I’m pretty good in math and sciences.
TJN: What’s the community service work you’ve done that will stick with you once you get to school?
JG: I’ve worked with young kids pretty much my whole life. Even going as far back as helping my mom at her work (she is the director at a nursery school). For the last five summers, that’s all I’ve done, work at day camps and that’s my summer job. I think that’s had a profound impact on me.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.