The NCAA celebrates the second annual Division III Week on April 8-14. In honor of the event, SimpsonAthletics.com will take a close look at five individuals who personify what it means to be a Division III student-athlete.
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Today we take a look at the career of senior football player, Mark Cronin. Cronin was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker for the Storm and was a two-time all-conference performer. He also earned Second Team Academic All-American honors in 2012. An accounting and economics double major, Cronin balanced a rigorous academic schedule while leading the Simpson defense for three years.
Name - Mark Cronin
Sport - Football
Class - Senior
Position - Linebacker
Majors - Accounting and Economics
Athletic Honors - First Team All-Conference (2012), Second Team All-Conference (2011)
Academic Honors - Academic All-America Second Team (2012), First Team Academic All-District (2011)
Off the Field - Active in SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee), CSO (Catholic Student Organization) and the Champs Sports Mentoring program
After Graduation - Will work for the Ernst & Young public accounting firm in Des Moines
Why Division III and why Simpson?
I chose to come to Simpson for multiple reasons. One was for its proximity to Des Moines. Another was the nice campus and central location. Another was the friendliness and ability to be personable with professors, coaches, and basically everyone here at Simpson.
What opportunities have you had as a Division III student-athlete that have made your experience special?
Being a student-athlete at a school like Simpson presents many avenues of opportunities; you don't have to just focus on being the student and the athlete but you can get involved in different clubs, groups, and organizations. I was able to get involved in a few different activities to help better myself and the Simpson community as a whole.
What was your favorite part about being a Division III student-athlete?
My favorite part of being a Division III athlete is getting to know a group of guys pretty well and coming and working together towards a common goal with all of them. One of my favorite times of football season is coming to camp and spending two weeks straight with over 140 guys just playing football. It is definitely exhausting and a grind but being able to spend all of your time dedicated to one thing that everyone else around you enjoys is special.
What does being a Division III student-athlete mean to you?
To me, being a Division III student-athlete means that we are well-rounded individuals. Not only do we put in a lot of hard work and effort on the field in order to compete, but we also have to put in a lot of hard work and dedication in the classroom as well.