Bishop McGuinness senior defender Alex Sargeant spent many seasons serving in an attacking role on the soccer field before moving to center back late in his career. He surmises that the position change came as the result of coaches seeing his natural inclination to lead others and his willingness to do so vocally.
“I’m forced to be the loudest person on the field, basically. Sometimes my teammates don’t appreciate that,” he said with a laugh.
Sargeant played his freshman year at High Point Central but transferred to Bishop McGuinness as a sophomore. He had to sit out one season per NCHSAA rules, and is now entering his second season on the Villains’ varsity. He was the Northwest 1-A Conference Player of the Year in 2016, earning him a spot on the NCSCA All-Region team. His success on the field paralleled the satisfaction he has about transferring to the smaller private school.
“I felt Bishop offered me more of the community I was looking for,” he said. “I feel like I got lost in the numbers (in public school) and I’m more of a name at Bishop.”
Off the field, Sargeant is very involved with the spiritual leadership team at school. At Bishop McGuinness, student leaders lead all of the retreats and are also in charge of leading Mass during school. Sargeant believes that these activities are a natural fit for him.
“I just feel like I’m in the right place. I feel at peace with it and like I’m in the right place when I’m doing stuff like that.”
Sargeant is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the school’s Principal’s List. He hopes to play college soccer next fall, and is interested in a handful of small schools. While he does not yet know where he will attend college, he has settled on a course of study.
“I’m thinking I’m going to do some sort of biology or biochemistry to set me up for pre-med,” he said. “I’m thinking I’m going to be a physician.”
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