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CHRIS CASKIN EXCELS AS A LEADER BOTH ON AND OFF THE COURT FOR MEN'S TENNIS

Hartford, Conn. – Men’s tennis senior captain Chris Caskin (Potomac, Md.) has had a very successful career at Trinity, both academically and athletically. Graduating this spring, Chris is a Dean’s Scholar, having a top-25 GPA in this year’s graduating class. Chris was also able to commit to Phi Beta Kappa Society on top of the tennis team’s lifts and practices all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Last summer, Chris interned with JP Morgan Chase Leadership Development Program which will help him in furthering a career in investment banking. With the tennis season winding to a close, Chris took some time to talk about his experience at Trinity.

What is life like as a student-athlete at Trinity? Being a student-athlete has really bolstered my experience at Trinity. It has given me structure and a group of guys that I can call my brothers for life. Sports have played a pivotal role in my life and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to compete as a Bantam.

What was your college search process like? How did you land on Trinity? The college search process wasn’t too difficult for me. I knew I wanted to play tennis and also wanted a great education, so Trinity was the perfect fit. My dad was also a Bantam, which played a big role in my decision to come to here.

What’s it like playing for the same college that your father graduated from while also both being student-athletes? It’s really special to have followed in my father’s footsteps, although we played very different sports. He played football and had a really successful career. I know he still holds at least one Trinity record. My dad and mom have provided great support for me throughout my athletic career and I’m so grateful for them.

What is your favorite tennis memory while at Trinity? My favorite tennis memory at Trinity is our spring break trip to California that we take every year. The whole team travels together, which gives us a great opportunity to bond as a unit. It’s always great to play in the Cali sun and an awesome way to kick off our dual-match season.

How has your mindset changed this year after being named a team captain for this season? Academics and athletics have always been my top priorities here, so my mindset didn’t really change much when I became a captain. Ever since I was a first-year, I’ve always tried to lead by example and win or lose, put in 110 percent effort. The biggest difference that I have noticed is the need to be more vocal and encouraging to the younger guys on the team. We are a really young team so it’s important to eliminate the idea of any grade barriers, which has helped us build strong team camaraderie this season.

What does it mean to be captain to you? What do you hope that you bring to the table as a leader? It was a great honor to be voted captain. Tennis has played such an integral part of my experience here at Trinity and to have the opportunity to help lead such an awesome young group of guys is really special. I hope that I can be someone that the younger guys look up to and set a strong precedent for them moving forward.

What are your plans after college? I plan to go into finance after college, more specifically investment banking.

How do you hope that your athletic career and leadership skills will help you in your future? I hope that my athletic career and leadership skills will help me rise the ranks down the road in whatever path I happen to take after college. My athletic career has shaped the person that I am today and I can’t believe it’s all coming to a close soon. It’s been an incredible journey.

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