Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Dan Sargent

His nickname is Sarge, but Dan Sargent is actually a captain.

The Westmont College senior captained the men’s soccer team for the past two seasons.

He also is the Round Table Scholar-Athlete of Year for Westmont.  Round Table board member Bob Huhn presented the award to Sargent at Monday’s Athlete Round Table Luncheon.

Sargent carries a 3.97 GPA as a history major. He is a three-time Golden Eagle Award recipient and a two-time faculty scholarship winner at Westmont.

Westmont's Dan Sargent

He’s president of the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society and is in the top 10 percent of his class.

Sargent has experienced the highs and lows that come with playing intercollegiate athletics at Westmont.

“On the field, I’ve been challenged and persevered through physical, mental and emotional obstacles,” he said. “Each season has brought its own form of hurdles that pushed me through my limits. Through these experiences and guidance of my coaches I’ve leaned to become a stronger individual,  always aware to confront what’s ahead.”

Sargent studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain and learned how soccer is a way of life.

“In many ways my time on the soccer of field has taught me how to transcend cultural barriers as a tool toward reconciliation, connection and brotherhood.

“Soccer hasn’t been my only classroom,” he added. I gained an appreciate of a wide range of disciplines. As a history major I’ve learned the importance of looking back as a way of moving forward and understanding our current identity and build on it.

“I hope the skills I learned on the soccer field and in the classroom will enrich my life in the future as much as they have in the last four years.”


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