On January 27th, 2018, Eric Petersen, MLS Class of 2003, was given the opportunity to give the address at Concordia’s First Pitch Baseball Dinner. Eric grew up in College Point, Queens and enjoyed his time at MLS, where he played sports and was involved in a number of activities. After graduating MLS, he attended Concordia College and majored in Business Administration and English. He also attended Manhatanville College and received his Graduate Degree in Sports Business. He is now the Manager of Ticket Operations with the New York Mets.
Q: Who were some of your favorite teachers when you attended MLS?
Eric: Mr. Regan has been a mentor to me during my time at MLS, during my college career, and now. I still enjoy helping out at the Annual Wrestling Tournaments in the winter. I also remember Mrs. Borchert who was the Dean and my German teacher. I got to travel to Germany with her twice while I was in school. I also spent a lot of time with Mr. Liozette who was my English teacher. He oversaw Student Council as well, and I really enjoyed working with him. All of my teachers were really fun, and I enjoyed my classes.
Q: What were some of your favorite memories from MLS?
Eric: I played a lot of sports in my time at MLS. I played soccer, I wrestled, and I was on the baseball team. One of my favorite memories was winning the PSAA Varsity Baseball Championship in 2002.
Q: Have you stayed in touch with Alumni since graduating?
Eric: Yes! Joel Gillespie and I grew up together and stay in touch. He was even in my wedding. Joe Dollard was also in my wedding. Facebook is also great for seeing where Alumni are now.
Q: Based on your experience, why would you say MLS is the “Small School – Smart Choice.”
Eric: The size of the classes and the closeness of the community was great. You are able to get the individual attention in classes. Teachers were always available to meet when you needed them. You would be on teams with the same people and it really helped to grow as a team and individuals.
Q: Do you have advice for current MLS students?
Eric: If you have an idea of what you think you want to do after MLS, pursue it. I knew pretty early on that I wanted to work in sports. After taking a few classes, I really got the bug. It’s not bad if you don’t know what you want to do. If you know, pursue it as much as you can.
Q: Do you have advice for students applying to college or choosing a path for after MLS?
Eric: If you know what you want to do, take any opportunity to get started in the field. I wanted to work in community relations in school and an opportunity in tickets at the Mets came up. I took the job and had the opportunity to move up. Keep an open mind in the field you want to pursue. Don’t turn down an opportunity because it isn’t exactly what you want.
Q: Why would you recommend MLS to a family looking for a new school?
Eric: The overall environment of the school – I went to a small grade school and a smaller college. I liked the smaller setting. The closeness of the whole community and not having to be overwhelmed by a big setting was great. MLS is easy to navigate and you get to know your classmates really well.
Q: Congratulations on having the opportunity to give the address at Concordia’s First Pitch Dinner in January. What does this recognition from Concordia’s Athletics Department mean to you?
Eric: It means so much to me. I walked on the baseball team and I worked really hard to get there. Even with a new coach there, it was great to speak to the current team about my experiences.
Eric explained, “I am grateful for my time at MLS. I made so many friends that I still talk to today, and we are still so much in each other’s lives. We’re all getting married and having kinds and moving into this new stage of our lives all together.”
Thanks to Eric Petersen for taking the time to talk to us about his time at MLS and his recent address at Concordia’s First Pitch Dinner.
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