Jan. 22, 2014
Sophomore, Midfield, 5-7
In 16 days, the Vanderbilt lacrosse team begins the 2014 season on Feb. 7 at Kennesaw State. To get ready for the 19th season in program history, vucommodores.com will spotlight all 29 players and coaches Cathy Swezey, Susan Ellis and Julie Gardner. This segment will offer an inside look into the team on and off the field.
Today, sophomore midfielder C.C. Hoogland, who wears jersey No. 16, continues our countdown. Hoogland played in one game last year and was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. She created her own major, marketing and corporate leadership, and wants to be a marketing director at a Fortune 500 company.
Her parents, Keith and Susan, both graduated from Vanderbilt. She also is the latest in the line of an athletic family. Her father played tennis at Vanderbilt. Her brother, Ben, is a senior who plays tennis at William & Mary. Her younger brother, Sam, plans to play tennis at Southern Methodist University next year. Her older sister, Kathleen, ran cross country and track at SMU.
How much did last year's experience pay off for you?
I walked on the beginning of my freshman year so I didn't go through the recruiting process. So coming into the team, it was really, really cool to see these girls who are so talented. Just getting to play with them is an awesome experience. Last year, definitely was a little bit scarier because I didn't have that many great friends on the team. They were all my friends but I wasn't really close with them. After our Italy trip, my friendship with the team has grown. So now some of the girls are my absolute best friends. I know people always say this but they'll be in my wedding and stuff like that. That's made the season and my mindset about this sport a lot better knowing I have girls to look forward to every day and help me through it.
How is this year's team different than last year's team?
I think the seniors have done a really good job of reaching out to the freshmen and sophomores this year. They've really emphasized they have high expectations so then it comes down from not only the coaches but also the players, which is huge... Not to say last year's leaders weren't good but this year I feel like it has been a priority. They want to go to the NCAAs (tournament) and that it was what we're trying to do. That is their goal and they've made it clear. I think the leadership is really strong this year.
Was that a goal of yours when you got to campus that you wanted to make the team?
Yes. I kind of really started seriously thinking about it my senior year when the season started. As the season ended I was kind of panicking that I would never play lacrosse again. So I emailed Cathy (Swezey) and went to camp in June. That's when I kind of set the stage for tryouts and then I tried out last September.
So you had already planned on going to Vanderbilt?
I have been wanting to go to Vanderbilt since I was a little kid. So that was more important to me than going to... I probably could have gotten recruited to a small Division III school. I chose academics and Vanderbilt over that.
One of your goals is to be a marketing director at a Fortune 500 company?
I think that would be really cool. I'm very interested in making a career out of my major. I think that's what sets it apart. It is not really a major that is really broad. It is very specific and I feel like I know exactly what I am going to do. It doesn't necessarily mean that it will turn out the way I want to. But I would definitely love being some sort of marketing director at least and eventually up there.
C.C.'s dad, Keith, is the CEO of family-owned Family Video - the largest video rental chain in the United States. How much has your career choice been influenced by seeing what your dad has done with Family Video?
Yeah. I think so. The movie business as a whole is kind of going downhill. So it is really interesting to see how his marketing department deals with that. I think it would be really cool if I was old enough and work for him I could really apply my marketing skills and make sure the public knows the company isn't going downhill. Numbers show that it doesn't but people think movie business is slowly dying. Technically it is but the numbers don't match up. It is interesting to see how you have to persuade people to believe that.
So did you get all the movies you ever wanted as kids?
They sent us all the movies that were kind of bad, that they needed to get rid of it seemed like. So we would have just hundreds of movies that no one ever watched just built up... and old VHSes.
Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: 10
When I was a kid I tried to be like: My mom
What I need to improve on to be a better player: To be more confident
The thing that impresses me the most about Coach Swezey: Her ability to create a relationship with each and every girl on the team
Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: Being with my team
Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Tennis
Favorite musical performer: Mumford and Sons
Favorite movie: A Walk to Remember
Favorite midnight snack: Grapes
The best tasting food I can make: Eggs
My bucket list includes: Visiting Australia, going canyon jumping
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Rafael Nadal
What would I do if I won the lottery? Buy a house in the Caribbean
Ultimate vacation destination: Bora Bora
The person I admire the most: My dad
The best advice I've received: Just have fun (from her dad)
The most famous person I've met: Katie Couric
Career goal: To be a marketing director for a Fortune 500 company
Biggest influence in my life: My family
Most important thing I've learned since coming to Vanderbilt: To develop a strong work ethic
My advice to young people is: To always work hard in high school so you can have the ability to pick your college