These week the sports editor Derek Stiles sat down with Chris Koch as part of a new twist we have put on Koch’s Corner. They discussed soccer, nicknames, and the batmobile.
DS: You were recently appointed captain of the men’s soccer team. What were your initial feelings when it was made official, and do you feel any pressure being the leader of the team?
CK: Its an honor. I am really excited to play a part in leading this team in the off-season as we get ready for the fall. There is a little bit of pressure, but I think it helps both on and off the field. Everyone on our team holds each other to such high standards we could easily have 11 captains.
DS: What are your individual goals for next season? What are the team’s goals?
CK: We want to win the conference. Every year it seems like there is just a little piece missing, and we want to solve that. The guys are working so hard in the offseason that I really want to see us host that trophy come November.
DS: How has the offseason gone thus far?
CK: It’s a grind, no doubt about that. But we are getting better. When you have a bunch of guys all working for the same thing the 7 a.m. lifts and practices don’t seem as bad. Even though we only have a few practices, we are getting better everyday so it has been fun.
DS: During the season, do you have any pregame rituals?
CK: Always throw in a piece of gum and tape up my wrist. I am also a big pump up music guy. Senior Cody Gray, or the music virtuoso as I like to call him, always does a great job with a playlist that is absolute fire, the kid knows just how to work an aux ilary cord.
DS: Any nicknames you like to go by?
CK: People have always called me Kochy but recently I have been called “The Admiral” and “Air Koch” pretty frequently.
DS: On a scale of 1-10, how awesome do you think you are?
CK: I mean it depends on the day, but I’d say I live between the 5.5 and 8 range. I would credit most of that to my black ’07 Ford Taurus, or the Batmobile as most people know it by.
DS: Three words to describe yourself.
CK: Thoughtful, sharp, and vigilant.
DS: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CK: That’s a tough one Derek. I think that playing overseas isn’t completely out of the questions, but we will see. I’d love to coach somewhere too. We will see what happens.
DS: Favorite class at Washington College and why?
CK: As a history major, I would say any class with Dr. Miller. He is a great guy and keeps classes upbeat and energetic, never afraid to crack a joke either.
DS: What stuff are you involved in outside of soccer?
CK: I am an admissions fellow, so I give a lot of tours. I also am a student athlete mentor and I work over at the alumni house.
Notice: This article is a part of the annual April Fool’s edition. None of the information in this article is true.