As a member of the Castleton women’s volleyball team and an athletic training major, Sarah Wheeler said she had a lot to balance as a student-athlete. Nearly three years after turning her tassel beneath the pavilion, Wheeler is still juggling a heavy workload with her passion of volleyball.
Today, she resides in Bethlehem, PA where she works as an athletic trainer for St. Luke’s University Health Network. Through St. Luke’s, Wheeler said she also works for Northhampton Community College as the head athletic trainer as well as a fitness professor; all while still remaining active in intramural volleyball leagues and Castleton alumnae games.
“Being a student-athlete has taught me many life skills that I use in everyday life and in my profession. It has taught me time management, strong communication skills, and how to collaborate with others,” she said. “Also, being a student-athlete myself helps me relate to my athletes, and I believe that because I can relate to them it allows for them to put their trust in me.”
From the very beginning of her collegiate athletics career Wheeler strove to be a leader on Castleton’s campus and was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by her coaching staff as a freshman.
“I wanted to be a positive role model for my teammates, and I believe I did just that,” said Wheeler.
Well-respected for her leadership, Wheeler said her many memories with the volleyball team go beyond the court and created lasting relationships.
“We bonded quickly as teammates and it’s a bond we will forever have,” she said. “As for my coaches, I cannot give them enough appreciation for all that they have done. They truly care about each and every one of us.”
Nearly as long-lasting as the friends she made is the thrill of the Glenbrook effect.
“It’s was always such fun atmosphere to play in,” said Wheeler. “The fans were amazing; always cheering and rooting us on.”
Now a few states and many miles separate Wheeler from Castleton, but she said it is the place she considers her home away from home.
“Being a Spartan is something I’m very proud to be. I believe that all Spartans are the same in one way, we are all fighters. We fight on the court as a team for one common goal. We fight off the court to become better individuals every day,” she said. “Once a Spartan, always a Spartan.”