October 5, 2011

Saint Leo Grad Becomes Large Part of Nearby Community

SAINT LEO, Fla. - Thanks to Saint Leo University’s small class sizes, healthy student-teacher relationships, and tightly knit athletic program, Lions student-athletes are able to receive the attention they need in order to rise to their full potential, on and off the field. Because Saint Leo offers so many tools for students to succeed, it is not uncommon to see former Saint Leo student-athletes holding highly respectable and successful positions in the workplace.

One example of these individuals is Saint Leo graduate and former men’s lacrosse player, Garrett Linquist. As a high quality contender in the Deep South Conference for nearly six years, the Saint Leo’s Men’s Lacrosse program has had many players come and go, but none quite like Linquist. A high school graduate from Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida, Linquist was one of the first men’s lacrosse players to come into the new program as a freshman. During his time as a Lion, Linquist was a five-year medical redshirt who played a large role in helping to win the Deep South Conference Championship not just once, but twice. Brad Jorgensen, head coach for the Lions, describes the long-stick midfielder as “one of the founding fathers of our lacrosse team.”

Currently a gifted social studies teacher for sixth and seventh graders at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Linquist walked across the stage in April of 2010 after receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in both Education and History and began teaching at John Long Middle the following August. His academic achievements are not the only qualities he employs, however, as he uses his experiences from Saint Leo in other ways as well. Thanks to his highly qualified Division II athletic background, Linquist is currently the assistant football coach for the John Long Middle School varsity football team and he assists Wiregrass Ranch High School with their varsity men’s lacrosse program.

In addition to teaching and coaching students of his own as well as students from the neighboring high school, Linquist spends his spare time coaching the U15 Tampa Tribe men’s lacrosse team, which is part of the Wesley Chapel Athletics Association. As a great example of an individual who truly utilizes the Saint Leo core values of community and responsible stewardship on a daily basis, Linquist contributes much of his success to his time here at Saint Leo University. “The first year was a little rough,” remarks Linquist, “but Saint Leo did a lot for me.”

Saint Leo Softball Junior Katie Gwinn contributed to this story.