On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Central Bucks East senior Chris Woolslayer was recognized for committing to play volleyball at Lees-McRae College. To view photos of the signing event, please visit the Photo Gallery.
Chris Woolslayer – Lees-McRae College (Volleyball)
Final list of colleges: Lees-McRae, Chatham (Pittsburgh), IUP, Eastern Mennonite University
Reasons for choosing Lees-McRae: “I visited last year and I loved the campus so much. I actually met the coach during Penn State Camp, and we hit it off. He told me to come down to visit, and I liked the campus.”
What was the progression that led you to play volleyball at the collegiate level? “All my life I played baseball up until my freshman year when I tried out for the team and didn’t make it, unfortunately. Then I tried out for the volleyball team freshman year, and ever since then, I fell in love with the sport. It’s been a huge part of my life. I’ve been playing club. I’ve been going to camps over the summer.”
Coach Rob Minschwaner says: “Chris made first team all-district this year, and first team All-SOL. He was also our team’s MVP and team captain the last two years.
“As a freshman, Chris came out to an open gym and gave volleyball a try. He fell in love with the sport almost instantly. There were three things that stood out from the beginning about Chris. First was how good an athlete he is. He picked up subtleties of the game much quicker than most. The second thing that stood out was how vocal he was on the court. It's a rare trait for new players to talk while on the court, and he talked non-stop and was always giving great information to his teammates. That probably was indicative of his confidence as an athlete. The third thing that jumped out at me was his aggressive, fearless nature. Where most kids will try and play it safe and just keep balls in play, Chris was always attacking and playing aggressively for the point.
“Of course, after coaching him these last four years, his other outstanding attributes became apparent. He has consistently demonstrated a helpful attitude with younger or less skilled players, and tends to lead by example on the court and off. In practice, he always remains focused and maintains a high level of intensity and enthusiasm.
“Away from the court, just like when he is on the court, he is a friendly, respectful gentleman with the highest degree of integrity. He is sincere and loyal to his friend and family and has often volunteered within the community, helping with skills clinics, and seminars. He is truly an outstanding young man.”
Favorite food: Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Favorite movie: The Iron Giant
Favorite music: Alternative