Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Evan Morrison, COM PR ‘22, has been playing soccer from the moment he was tall enough to kick a ball. Now, a division-one level soccer player on Boston University’s men’s soccer team, he has taken his passion to new heights while still balancing rigorous academics under the College of Communication. From moving states to pursue his dream to switching majors to fulfill his talent in writing, Morrison has already left a footprint, or cleat print, for many college athletes to follow in his lead. To learn more about his life, I sat down with #15 and asked him about his journey thus far and future goals.
Greta Holtzman: How did you get into soccer and what role did it play before coming to BU?
Evan Morrison: I started playing soccer when I was five or six years old, and played with a local club team at home until I was about 15. The MLS, (Major League Soccer), is the professional league in the US, and they have academy teams. When I was 15, I moved from Indiana to Arizona to play with one of their academy teams for all of high school. It was similar to a boarding school experience. From there, I got recruited to play at BU! I actually came to BU as a Health Science major in Sargent but I switched into COM at the end of freshman year. I was really good at the Writing 150 classes that are required for freshmen, and I was really bad at chemistry! After talking to my parents and my faculty advisor, and knowing I was good at writing, we all decided it would be best to switch to a major in COM.
What does your schedule as a soccer athlete at BU look like? Can you describe a typical day or week in your life?
During our fall season we have practice every morning, so we have to be in the locker room at 7:45am. I wake up around 7 o’clock, eat breakfast, and go to training from 8:30 to 10. Two or three days a week we also have lift training for another 45 minutes after practice. After that it’s shower up, eat another meal, and then a full day of classes.
How do you balance soccer with school?
Well, I try to! It’s harder when I have big projects or exams coming up. It’s tough to find time, especially during our season when we travel a lot for games. It’s mostly about being on top of your school work and making sure to get everything done a little earlier than you think you might have to, just to avoid getting behind on anything. Especially when we’re traveling, no one wants to be doing work on a bus! So, I try to stay ahead and get work done in advance when I know we have a game coming up.
Have any of your COM classes been applicable to your soccer life or vice versa?
They definitely help each other out. Because I’ve been on a team since I was five, I’ve gotten a lot of experience collaborating and learning to work with other people. This has been helpful for learning how to communicate with others for group projects in COM especially. In terms of PR classes helping soccer, I would say as an upperclassman, I am sort of the bridge between the younger players on the team and the head coach, so I am always communicating with both. In COM classes, you really learn how to talk to people who are older or more experienced, so all of those lessons in communication techniques have been really helpful for me as a link between new team members and the coaches.
Do you plan on continuing soccer after college?
My plan is to hopefully take a fifth year to play more with BU, and after that I would love to play professionally. Even if I am able to play professionally after school, I obviously can’t play forever. So, the goal then would be to work within soccer in some sort of PR role, ideally for a professional team. I looked into sports agencies, but it looks like a lot of those people go to law school, and I don’t see myself going to more school after this! I am not sure what my exact dream role in PR would be; I would just love to work for a professional soccer team.
What’s one piece of advice you have for other student-athletes?
Time management is really key. It’s really easy to feel like you have a lot of time before certain deadlines. But with four hours of your day blocked out with practice, it’s important to find that time to get work done as early as you can.
Greta Holtzman, Staff Writer
Greta Holtzman grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and is now a junior studying Public Relations. As someone who has always enjoyed writing, she is thrilled to be involved in her second semester as a staff writer on The COMmunicator. She is also a Public Relations intern with LaForce. In her free time, Greta loves doing ballet, developing her knowledge in makeup and skincare, and trying new restaurants in Boston!