Our final highlight for NJCAA's National Girls and Women in Sports Day is on Millville High School graduate, Megan Culley. Megan is a member of the Cumberland County College Softball team and is a consistent all-around performer for the Dukes. A utility for Cumberland, Megan plays first base and pitches, doing both tasks at an All-Conference level. In 2018, Megan was named Garden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week in early March and she followed that up with a stellar season. Culley was third on the team in batting average (.360) and hits (27) in 28 games played, while making 16 appearances on the mound for the Dukes. She would finish with a 3-3 record while pitching a team-high 80 innings pitched. A 3.86 GPA student, we caught up with Megan to learn more about one of the top all-around athletes at Cumberland County College.
Q1: Heading into your final semester, what are your plans once you graduate from CCC?
My plans after this semester is to go to a four-year school and continue my studies in Psychology and get my master's in occupational therapy.
Q2: What would be the toughest part of being a student athlete? Did the difficulty of being a college student athlete surprise you?
The toughest part of being a student athlete is time management. Keeping up with all the work and keeping myself in shape while not missing any practices or classes. The time restraints were not a surprise to me because I've played travel ball since I was 10 which took up a lot of my time.
Q3: You were recently recognized by the Women's Sports Foundation for participation in Women's Athletics. What was that feeling like?
It is always an amazing feeling when your hard work is recognized. I always work as hard as I can, both on the field and in the classroom, because I want to be the best as I can.
Q4: There is a sense of excitement here on campus regarding you and your team. How do you feel about this upcoming season and what should we expect from Dukes Softball?
I am very excited for this upcoming season. I feel confident that the chemistry we have created will follow us onto the field. We have a very talented group of young women on the squad and I cannot wait to see where it takes us.
Q5: With every great team there is a strong core. It looks like you have that with yourself, Breanna Suppi, and Siani Gomez. How did last season help develop the closeness between you?
I think when we started getting very close was in Myrtle Beach. It's a great opportunity to both begin our season and bond with our teammates. The time we spent together brought us closer than we could have ever imagined. I don't know where I would be without their friendship and I hope to make the same connections with the freshman in Myrtle this year.
Q6: To a student considering Cumberland County Athletics, what would you tell them?
To play your favorite sport in college is the best feeling in the world. Going 2 years at a community college will save you tons of money as well as giving you valuable experience on the field. If you have the chance, take it. You will make lasting friendships and have a very knowledgeable coach. There are girls on our team that I have seen improve 500% from the first time they stepped on our field.
Favorite Song: Beautiful Crazy
Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles and the Phillies
Funniest teammate you ever had was…: There isn't one person that stands out to me, but we all have a good time when we're together.
What is your Dream Job: To be an Occupational Therapist
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to…: A tour all around Europe
One person I admire is…: My mom because she has always pushed me to be the best I can be.