3 Questions with Ronnie | Athletics' Academic Success
Chancellor Ronnie Green poses three questions about academic success for Husker student-athletes to volleyball head coach John Cook, track and field athlete Micaylon Moore and volleyball athlete Lindsay Krause.
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[00:00:05.040]Husker Athletics has a tremendous history
[00:00:07.830]of academic success and academic stature naturally.
[00:00:11.220]Coach Cook, how do you balance that
[00:00:13.740]within the volleyball program,
[00:00:15.450]this nationally winning volleyball program?
[00:00:17.790]I started off as a junior high school teacher.
[00:00:20.370]I was a first gen graduate.
[00:00:22.200]Education is important
[00:00:23.520]and without those opportunities,
[00:00:25.440]I would never have had the opportunity
[00:00:26.850]to be at a place like Nebraska.
[00:00:28.290]So our players know it is important to me,
[00:00:31.680]it's important to our program,
[00:00:33.090]and there's two things we're really proud of here.
[00:00:34.920]We lead the nation in volleyball all-Americans.
[00:00:37.260]We also lead the nation in academic all-Americans.
[00:00:40.260]Micaylon, you're a pre-med biology major
[00:00:43.200]performant at the highest levels academically
[00:00:45.480]and also an elite track and field athlete.
[00:00:48.000]How do you balance, you know, the time and the effort
[00:00:52.350]that it takes to be an elite athlete
[00:00:54.870]with being so successful academically?
[00:00:57.600]Yeah, I think the biggest thing for me is being able to
[00:01:00.210]separate my sport from academics.
[00:01:02.880]So when I go to practice, I'm not thinking about school,
[00:01:06.090]I'm thinking about practice, what I need to get done
[00:01:08.100]and how I can get better.
[00:01:09.210]And then when I'm in the classroom,
[00:01:11.160]I'm not thinking about practice.
[00:01:12.450]I'm getting what I need to get done and being productive
[00:01:15.540]and efficient with the time that I have
[00:01:17.580]and I'm given for that day.
[00:01:18.930]We have one of the highest graduation success rates
[00:01:21.540]in the country at the University of Nebraska.
[00:01:23.700]Were actually second
[00:01:24.840]in all public institutions in the nation.
[00:01:27.600]And so Lindsay, how do you see
[00:01:30.120]that working with being an elite athlete as well?
[00:01:34.620]I remember back when I was being recruited,
[00:01:37.380]one of the very first things that you're taken through
[00:01:39.570]is the academic building, you know, West Stadium
[00:01:41.910]and everybody just making an emphasis of saying
[00:01:45.510]that they are here to help you and they want it to be known
[00:01:48.570]that every single person in that building is there
[00:01:51.990]so that you are successful in the classroom.
[00:01:53.910]And that's why Nebraska's so great.
[00:01:57.120]There truly is no place like Nebraska when it comes
[00:01:59.820]to academic success and our student athletes.
[00:02:02.970]And it's a great thing.
[00:02:05.203]As always, go Big Red.
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