Meet the Phoenix: Fabian Gogolin
Editor's Note: Throughout the 2010-11 school year, junior women's tennis player Morgan Weuve will introduce Phoenix fans to some of her peers and fellow student-athletes. The Green Bay native will conduct interviews with various student-athletes and share her findings with feature stories on GreenBayPhoenix.com.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) -
Senior men's tennis player Fabian Gogolin (Cologne, Germany) is nearing the end of his career as a Green Bay student-athlete.
"I enjoyed my time here, but I am ready for something different and I am looking forward to some new challenges," said Gogolin.
Gogolin transferred from the University of Cologne and began his career in the fall of 2009 with two years of eligibility remaining. Being a collegiate athlete was a new experience for Gogolin since there are no collegiate sports in Germany, only club sports. Before he came to Green Bay, he played for the largest club team in Cologne called Rot-Weiss Koeln.
"Since we do not have collegiate sports, tennis here is a great experience," said Gogolin. "In Germany, if you are playing on a club team, you only play tennis. Here in Green Bay, tennis is not only about the competition but also about the relationships formed within the team."
Despite the changes associated with a different country, Gogolin quickly found success both athletically and academically.
During the 2009-2010 season, Gogolin achieved an overall singles record of 10-12 at the top three positions and a doubles record of 10-11 at the No. 1 position.
In addition to his achievements on the court, Gogolin has also excelled in the classroom. He has maintained a perfect GPA of 4.0 while pursing a major in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in economics.
"After graduation, I am going to go back to Germany and then either attend graduate school for finance in Germany or somewhere in the United States," said Gogolin.
On the court:
I first started playing tennis...when I was five.
One part of my game that I would like to improve for this season is...to consistently play at a high level.
If I had to choose to play singles or doubles, I would choose...doubles.
My goal for myself this season is...to be undefeated in the Horizon League.
My goal for the team this season is...win the Horizon League Championships.
Off the court:
The music that I listen to the most is...Jack Johnson.
I have visited...New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Thailand, UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Belgium, Netherlands, and Denmark.
For fun I...hang out with my roommates.
My favorite sport to play besides tennis is...soccer.
My favorite TV show is...Stromberg.
My favorite movie is...Taken.
My favorite quote is... "Sometimes you have to think outside the box."
On my perfect day I...would be at the beach.
The person I most admire is...George Soros.
If I could learn to do anything, it would be...to speak Chinese.
One food that I will not eat is...meatloaf.