Beyond the Spotlight
Over half of the Albion College student body participates on one of 23 varsity sports teams. The college places an emphasis on competing at a high level in the NCAA Division III while also excelling each day in the classroom.
The wide variety of student-athletes on campus have a multitude of backgrounds, including many unique players that often go unnoticed.
In order to truly appreciate all the student-athletes who make up Albion athletics, The Pleiad’s “Beyond the Spotlight” series will feature a different athlete and the impact they have had on campus.
Featured in this week’s “Beyond the Spotlight” is senior Alex Warman of St. Joseph, Mich. Warman is a communication studies major and economics minor who currently plays center on the Albion College basketball team.
From the moment he stepped on campus, Warman knew that Albion’s basketball team was the perfect fit for him.
“When I first visited Albion, I knew it was a place for me,” said Warman. “Everyone here that I talked to gave me positive energy and it made my commitment a very easy choice.”
Throughout his collegiate career, Warman has worked his way up from the junior-varsity squad to the varsity team, but injuries have unfortunately kept him sidelined for most of his varsity career.
“Battling injuries was extremely frustrating for me. I really have to thank our athletic trainers here who helped me through the rehab process, and were dedicated to helping me and made the process so much easier for me,” said Warman.
Although he has had to battle these issues, his presence on the sideline helped push the team to win the 2018-2019 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference tournament championship, the team’s first tournament championship since 1998. Warman said that this was by far the highlight of Warman’s career at Albion.
In addition to triumphs on the court, Warman is thankful for the number of life lessons that he has been able to take away from his time on the court at Albion.
“Basketball has given me numerous life skills that I can take into my life,” said Warman. “The coaches here have taught me what it really means to work hard and also overcoming adversity among many other valuable life lessons.”
Warman is hoping the success and culture of the team last year translates to another stellar season this year.
“There has been a complete culture change on our team over the years,” said Warman. “We as a team have become closer and closer and embody the family dynamic. Our coaches have given us a great opportunity to be a player led team where we hold each other accountable, and pick each other up.”
Warman and the Albion Britons will open their season with an exhibition game against the Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center on Oct. 29.