Alumni Spotlight is an ongoing blog series that features interviews with a variety of Darlington alumni about their careers and the impact their Darlington experience had on their lives.
This week, I am excited to share a Q&A with Myles Englis ('12), former Darlington Soccer Academy and Creighton University standout.
Myles was recently on campus working as a soccer coach with the Number One Soccer Camp. He stopped by the Advancement Office to reconnect and share with us his plans for the future.
Were you a day or boarding student?
I was a day student.
Where did you go to college?
Creighton University to play soccer.
Which teacher(s) had a positive influence on your life?
Ms. Katie Ellis was one of my favorites, she taught English my senior year. In my opinion she prepared me the most for college. Two reasons, first hers was writing intensive class and second in college you have to read things that you may not be interested in but that are important and Ms. Ellis made us read a lot of subjects that were out of our comfort zone. That exercise helped prepare me for those college reading assignments.
What was your career path after graduating from Darlington?
My three college choices were between Creighton, Wake Forest and UNC-Chapel Hill. On my visit to Wake Forest, the coach and I didn’t click. The visits to UNC and Creighton both went really well. For two weeks I didn’t hear much from either school but finally I got a call from the UNC coach, who I really liked, telling me he had taken the head coaching position at Creighton. So that sealed the deal!
After Creighton, I signed with a sports agent and then signed with the Philadelphia Fury professional soccer team to play left midfielder. I stayed in professional soccer in Philadelphia for two years and enjoyed that experience but decided to move on and return to school. I am now enrolled at the University of Kentucky working on a Master of Science degree with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology with intentions to pursue my doctorate. I will be working as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats basketball program.
What impact has Darlington had on your career success?
I was a part of the Soccer Academy and the discipline of being a student athlete at Darlington prepared me for going to a college with a very intense athletic and academic schedule.
What do you hope for the future of Darlington and its students?
I hope that my story can be an example that you can be interested in a wide variety of things and you don’t have to let your athletic career or academic career define you as a person. I hope that Darlington students continue to have “wild dreams” that they chase and once they achieve them they realize how much fun life can be!