This Fireside Chat was passed along to us from the Coast Guard Academy’s CDR S. M. Cross
New London, Conn. – Fresh off the announcement from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Division of Athletics that it will elevate the Men’s Lacrosse Program to varsity NCAA D3 status (effective with the 2014-15 academic year), we sat down over the Holidays with Cadet 1/c Nick Fredericksen (Nashua, NH/Nashua South) – one of three 2014 Team Captains selected at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
A tenacious long stick midfielder, Fredericksen was an integral part of a defense that allowed just 8.2 goals per game and held 12 of 15 opponents to ten goals or less. Fredericksen led the team with 56 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers to his credit. He is adept at jump-starting the Bears’ transition game and has been a key contributor as a wide-receiver for the Coast Guard Academy Football team. Fredericksen also excelled at wing-play on face-offs – the big question on campus is whether he will remain at LSM or move to close defense. Fans will have to stay tuned.
Fredericksen is an Operations Research and Computer Analysis major and is serving as the Alcohol Abuse Division Head – responsible for educating cadets on responsible alcohol use. He spent part of his summer training period aboard the 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat USCGC Narwhal out of Newport Beach, Calif. before reporting aboard USCGC EAGLE – where he spent some quality time with fellow team captain Stu Carley on America’s Tall Ship.
1. Why did you choose to come to the Coast Guard Academy: When I was a sophomore in high school, I told my dad I was interested in serving in the military – so we did some research and he found the Coast Guard Academy. It seemed perfect for me – I identified with the missions of the service, the academics were some of the best in the country, and I would still be able to participate in athletics. From there, I set it as a goal to work towards trying to get accepted.
2. Plans After Graduation: I am still pretty split on what I want do immediately after graduation, but I think eventually I want to get into the Intelligence field/career path.
NOTE: The modern Coast Guard Intelligence program has cultivated extensive relationships and partnerships with other elements of the Intelligence Community to provide timely, tailored support in a wide range of Coast Guard and national missions. These missions include port security, search and rescue, maritime safety, counter-narcotics, alien migration interdiction, and living marine resources protection. On December 28, 2001, President George W. Bush signed legislation that amended the National Security Act of 1947 to make Coast Guard Intelligence a member of the Intelligence Community.
3. Favorite Summer Experience so far: My favorite experience so far has been going to Europe for 3/c (sophomore) summer – especially going to Hamburg, Germany for the 75th anniversary of the Barque EAGLE. Before the Coast Guard Academy, the only place I had traveled outside of New England had been Florida for vacation.
NOTE: The EAGLE is a three-masted sailing Barque with 21,350 square feet of sail. It is the only active (operational) commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services. EAGLE was built in 1936 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, as a training vessel for German Naval Cadets. It was commissioned Horst Wessel and following World War II was taken as a war prize by the United States. On May 15, 1946, the barque was commissioned into U.S. Coast Guard service as the EAGLE and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London, Connecticut.
4. What other Coast Guard Academy sports/activities are you involved in: I also play football (wide receiver) in the fall – between football and lacrosse – most of my time is occupied. I am also a member of the ski/snowboard and golf clubs.
5. What keeps you motivated each day: At the Academy, we sometimes lose sight of the big picture and it can be difficult for some to stay motivated. For me, all my best friends are at the Academy and I play sports with most of them, so no matter what we have to do – hanging out with them helps.
6. What are your goals for the upcoming season: Because this is a transition season – a lot of new things are going to be happening with the Program. On top of that, we lost a lot of great players and leaders from last year’s senior class – but we still have a ton of talent on this team. I want to represent everyone who has been a part of or supported our 30-year program well as we transition to a varsity NCAA D3. It really is an exciting time for everyone that is part of this Program. Also, I would love to win the PCLL and get back to the MCLA National Tournament in Southern California.
7. Personal high point in the Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse Program so far: There are two big moments that stick out for me. The first was our initial weekend trip this past year, when we went down to Georgia and won two huge games against SCAD and Kennesaw State. I think we all knew our team was for real, but it was kind of our coming out party to the rest of the country. The second was after our first game at the MCLA National Tournament in Greenville, SC after we beat Sam Houston State 19-8. It was the first National Tournament win in our Program’s history and thinking about everything we had gone through since that first trip to Georgia, it was kind of like us proving to everyone that we belonged there.
8. What is your favorite activity apart from sports: This is a tough one because almost everything I do is involved with sports, but if I had to choose one thing it would be just lying on a beach somewhere warm.
9. Any pre-game rituals: I am very superstitious when it comes to sports, I wear the same socks and same undershirt every game, and I listen to the same three songs in a certain order before every game.
10. Funniest Teammate: I have to give this one to Treston Taylor, I don’t think there is anyone on the team he can’t make laugh, especially Coach Weller.
11. Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight, I never get sick of the Dark Knight movies – I have seen each one of them 10 + times.
12. Favorite Song: My favorite song changes all the time, but one song I always love is Good Riddance by Green Day.
13. Favorite TV Show: Definitely How I Met Your Mother, I’m a little obsessed – I have seen every episode at least twice.
14. Favorite Food: Steak Tips, I have to give my dad some credit – he makes some amazing steak tips.
15. Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots, but the Boston Bruins would be a close second. I am a pretty huge fan of all the New England professional sports teams.
16. Favorite Athlete: He is retired, but Tedy Bruschi, he is everything I love about the Patriots and was really the perfect Patriot.
17. Place you want to travel someday: Australia, not really sure why – I just think it would be an awesome place to see at some point.
18. Personal hero: I know it sounds cliché, but my dad. I would be lucky if I turn out to be half the man he is. I model my value system after him and his heart is always in the right place. He has always been there for me and really anyone else that needs him, and I have always respected how he constantly puts other people’s needs ahead of his own.
19. Any pets: My dad has a Jack Russell Terrier named Mosey, which has more energy than I have ever seen in a dog. On the other end of the spectrum, my mom has an English Bulldog named Kacy that we have had since I was little, and she is very large with almost no energy.
20. Advice for any prospective cadets: This really is a great place to go to school – it’s also a tremendous opportunity, but you have to want to be here. This has to be something you want to do – otherwise it is going to be a lot more difficult. Listen to what advice people give you and what goes on at the Academy, but at the end of the day – you need to be the one who decides to come here.