Ashburn, VA (July 8, 2016) – Broad Run graduate Matthew Meier will play football for Frostburg State University beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“My recruiting experience was fun, said Meier! I had interest in about 20 Division II and III football programs, met some terrific coaches and visited several great colleges and universities, but ultimately, Frostburg State was a good fit for me. As an incoming inside linebacker, I think I can compete right away as a freshman on an already outstanding football team. After committing, I knew I made the right decision; it felt right.”
Frostburg State University is a public institution, located on a 260-acre campus in the Appalachian highlands of Frostburg, Maryland. FSU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,915, offers 44 different undergraduate majors, 17 graduate programs and a doctorate in educational leadership. FSU recently introduced new bachelor degree programs in adventure sports management and health science, in addition to its newest academic building, the Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology, featuring cutting-edge television and radio studios, computer science facilities and graphic design studios, as well as a multimedia learning center with a planetarium. FSU also now offers an online Masters of Computer Science degree. Frostburg’s ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North) is #125.
“College coaching staff, and a football program that’s both on the rise, wants to compete on the national stage and win championships all factored into my decision to commit, said Meier. FSU was interested in me as a student, football player and leader; and I am a big fan of their Computer Science program.”
Meier’s head football coach will be DeLane Fitzgerald. Coach Fitzgerald enters his third season at the helm of the Frostburg State football program, and is the program’s 13th head coach in its 55-years in existence. Fitzgerald continued the upward trend of his program after he led his Bobcats to a 6-4 overall record last fall, including a 5-4 mark in their first year in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The six wins mark, the most for Frostburg in a season since 2005 and the five-game winning streak during the middle part of the season is the longest for the program since the 1999 team started 6-0. Fitzgerald’s emphasis on special teams was once again a strong point for the Bobcats as they finished 11th in the nation in punt returns (15.63), 15th in kickoff return defense (14.95), 18th in the nation in blocked kicks (6), 40th in net punting (34.41) and 58th in blocked punts. Frostburg was also 40th in the country in total defense (313.4).
“In terms of my expectations going into my first year, I want to compete for a starting position at inside linebacker from the very first practice, said Meier. I want to earn the respect of my new teammates by working hard at every practice, every day. I want to learn the defense as quickly as possible, and lead my team by hard work, effort and passion to play football.”
Meier, the 2015 VHSL 5A All-State and All-Loudoun Team linebacker, started playing football with the Ashburn Youth League at 11-years old. Asked about some of his fondest gridiron memories during that this, Matt replied, “Playing for Broad Run High School, representing my school and community, competing for a great bunch of coaches, and of course, playing with my best friends and teammates. I played in 8 playoff games over my three years as a starting linebacker at Broad Run, that was pretty cool!”
“I am thankful of my Dad for all of his support, shared Meier. My Dad was a high school head football coach for 19 years in Northern Virginia. He taught me to play the game with great effort and passion. I am also truly thankful of my Mom. My Mom and Dad have always supported me, every day and for every challenge. My two older brothers, Tommy and Johnny were athletes at Broad Run. They were pretty darn good themselves; they set the bar pretty high for me. They’ve always been great role models for me on and off the field.”
Asked what advice he’d give other pursuing their dream, Matt offered, “Find something in high school or life that you are passionate about. Then challenge yourself to be as good as you possibly can. If you find something that is fun, and you love it, there is nothing like it. Especially if you get to share it with a great group of teammates.”
Please join us in wishing Matt Meier the very best in his success on the gridiron and in the classroom as he pursues a Computer Science degree from Frostburg State University.
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