Former student Ian Sagstetter is making the most of his time at Faulkner University in America, combining time spent working towards a Business degree alongside a strong football program. Based in Montgomery, the University team known as the Eagles play in the toughest conference of the NAIA, a challenger which Sagstetter has enjoyed and relished.

“I was anticipating a tough year when I moved to Faulkner, but I was surprised at how quickly I adapted to the collegiate level. After beginning the year in midfield, I was moved to centre back and I felt following this I started to play more to my potential” said Sagstetter.

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The FootballCV graduate played in all but a couple of his side’s matches, which he was forced to sit out due to injury. “Whilst the team finished with a losing record, I felt I was very consistent and improved with every game. We had a number of close games with some of the top teams in the country and on another day, we could have picked up the points rather than them. Personally, I set myself two goals before the season began, to play regularly and be consistent and I feel I accomplished both” he added.

Sagstetter still looks back on his time at FootballCV with great memories and is also quick to pay acknowledgement to how his time at the Academy helped him develop into the player and person he is today. “Looking back at my time at FootballCV and how everything unfolded, I feel the academy still influences me to this day. It prepared me for the future, teaching me how to juggle my football and academic endeavours. It also provided me a foundation and a gauge on what I needed to do to compete with the best”.

On the former student Academy Director Martin Harris commented “Ian is one of a number of students, who the Academy have helped progress to a University placement in America. This forms just one of a number of pathways available to students on our program and it is always nice to hear how former students are developing, following their time with us”.