The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes. The "Friday Feature" series is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Nick Sullivan of Amherst, a history and political science major, and member of the men's golf team.
Nick Sullivan, Amherst
Senior, Men's Golf
Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury HS
Major: History and Political Science
Why did you choose to attend Amherst?
I chose to attend Amherst because I knew it would give me the best opportunity to grow intellectually and play golf in a competitive but laid back environment. My family also has a deep connection with Amherst so it was in my mind from an early age. My father is the public address announcer for the Amherst Football games, so when I was little I made a lot of trips to Amherst and always knew I wanted to end up here.
Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete? Division III is the perfect balance between education and competition in a sport I love. Golf is not too much of a time commitment that I can't get my work done, but it still allows me to quench that thirst for tournament golf I still have.
What is the best thing about being part of the NESCAC?
The best thing about being a part of the NESCAC is the balance between competition and friendship/relationships. Every game, tournament, or match is competitive, and as a bonus, every student-athlete is able to build relationships with athletes from other schools. It's very cool to show up at golf tournaments and have 5-10 guys I know and get to catch up with from Williams, Middlebury, Hamilton, and the rest of the schools.
What is your dream job/career? My dream job is the General Manager of the Boston Celtics. After I realized in about fifth grade that my changes of making the NBA were slim, I decided to adjust my dreams to a front office role. I'm an athlete, so the opportunity to have winning as a strategic goal of an organization is super enticing. Also simply getting to watch a game every night is pretty much all I could ask for. I am a sports nerd, and that would be nirvana.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in? At Amherst, I co-host a radio show with another member of the men's golf team. We call it Garbage Time and usually talk about NFL, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, and the PGA TOUR (Shameless Plug - tune in on WAHM Radio @ Amherst College on Mixlr!). I am also the public address announcer for the Amherst Men's and Women's Basketball teams which is super fun and very exciting since our teams have been so successful in the last couple of years. I am a member of Amherst Leads, the athlete leadership program at Amherst, and am also a member of the Sports Business and Analytics Club.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far? The greatest part of my college experience thus far has been getting to meet my teammates. There are seven total golfers on the team in my class and they have become my six best friends in the world. The last three years have been a ton of fun and we are all trying to cherish the last year we have together. It's a very tight-knit group with a strange sense of humor, but it's constant laughs and constant fun.
What are three top things on your bucket list? 1. Go to the Masters. 2. Meet Tom Brady and thank him for making my childhood a series of victory parades. 3. Create my own successful podcast.
What internships/research projects have you participated in? After my sophomore year at Amherst, I worked with Showtime Sports as a marketing intern. Showtime works mostly in boxing and documentary production, so it was a very unique experience that taught me a lot about the sports industry in general. With that experience, I was able to land a position as a Global Media Operations Intern at the NBA this summer which was a dream come true. It's hard to put into words how crazy and fulfilling that experience was, but getting to work the draft, have a direct impact on the organization of Summer League, and meeting Adam Silver were some of the highlights. Honestly, the biggest thing I learned was that Amherst prepared me perfectly for a career in sports and it made me even more grateful for the opportunity to go here.
What is your favorite place on your campus and why? My favorite place on campus is 100 percent Memorial Hill. The view is breathtaking and when things may be a little stressful it always helps to look at the scenery, take a breath, and remember to chill out.
What is something interesting about you that others might not know? I have a twin sister who also plays Division III golf at Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.) where she has broken her personal best TWICE already this season!
Nick and his Amherst teammates will compete in the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Fall Qualifier this weekend (Sept. 28-29) at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, Mass. Tufts is hosting the qualifier event for the first time in program history. To learn more and follow the action read the preview.