Evan Thews-Wassell | Freshman Coach | Freshman Heavyweight Rowing | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Obviously at a place like MIT, the first thing we look at is academic ability and desire. We always want the best possible athletes, but in order to succeed at a high level university the academic discipline must be there as well.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

I know it sounds pretty bad, but during the 5 years I have been at MIT, there hasn’t been an athlete who has really surprised me yet. However, that being said, the guys who make the biggest improvements are the ones who just plain have the desire to be better then other people. There really is no substitution for hard work. Whenever we have a smaller, weaker athlete excel over larger stronger athletes, it is because they just want it more and have worked harder for it. It isn’t very hard to find recruits who are big and strong, but recruits who have that certain desire to work hard and improve themselves at all costs is pretty rare.