When Meghan O’Sullivan took her first steps on Castleton’s campus she could not have envisioned the amount that she would grow and all that she would accomplish between the two rims of Glenbrook Gym.
“Being a former Spartan is a huge part of my identity. Castleton is where I found myself as an adult,” she said. “I entered as a scrawny, timid, 18 year-old and emerged the confident leader that was hiding within me all along.”
The Merrick, NY native first laid eyes on the Green Mountains as a senior in high school during her overnight recruiting visit to Castleton and soon after accepted the offer to wear Spartan green.
“The setting of Castleton's campus left me in awe. I stepped into Glenbrook to see overflowing bleachers for the women's basketball game against Husson, and I knew I belonged on that court,” O’Sullivan said.
However, the six foot forward did not just belong, but reigned in her time as a Spartan.
O’Sullivan’s career claimed an ECAC championship, three NAC conference championships, a history-shattering run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, NAC Woman of the Year honors, admission into the 1,000 point scorers club, and her name etched into the record book nine times.
Despite these accolades, O’Sullivan said her greatest moment came from the sidelines.
“It was game two of the NCAA tournament my junior year. Nothing in my life will ever beat the pure joy I experienced as I sat, injured, on the sideline during the overtime,” she said. “In a matter of minutes my tears of pain from spraining my ankle changed to hysterical tears of happiness as I was able to watch my teammates take the lead and allow us to make history. That moment truly changed my life. I have never been so proud to be a part of a team.”
Throughout her tenure with the Spartans, O’Sullivan said she developed life-long relationships and honed the skills necessary to be successful off the court.
“My teammates and coaches are my Vermont family, and they always will be. Being a member of a team for four years allowed me to have older teammates who influenced me, and younger teammates to influence,” she said. “I was able to grasp so many skills for time management, leadership, teamwork, and self-motivation as a student-athlete that I would not have learned otherwise.”
After earning her bachelors in exercise science in 2015, O’Sullivan relocated to Burlington, VT and is currently the Health and Technology Assistant at Champlain College.
“Castleton, and specifically being a member of the women's basketball team, gave me the ambition and drive to become the young professional that I am today,” she said.