As captain of the men's soccer team at New Paltz, Joseph Fabian leads by example on the field and off.
A business major in his junior year, Joseph has been playing soccer since the age of four. He lives for the game and thrives off the competitive energy it generates.
To Joseph, his team is his family and his coach is his best friend. This is understandable given the amount of time the group spends together, practicing four days a week and competing every weekend.
In his free time, Joseph is a referee for a youth soccer league in his hometown in Selden, New York. He has also worked with his mother to organize food drives and prepare care packages for soldiers overseas. "We send soccer balls and food," said Joseph, whose cousin has been stationed in Iraq for the past six months.
For Joseph, the most challenging part of attending New Paltz has been managing his time. "Being on a team is a commitment you have to make," said Joseph, who manages to balance soccer, academics, extracurricular activities and friends. Joseph stays organized by staying regimented. "I get into a routine and I stay in that routine," he said.
What he enjoys about soccer: "Everything-I'm very competitive, so I compete in everything I do."
Goals: To attend law school to become either an entertainment or sports lawyer
On his coach: "He's like our best friend-he takes care of us."
Motivated by: "My parents are my motivation in everything."
Hobbies: "Any sport I can get my hands on."
Little-known Fact: Joseph watches a lot of TV shows about law firms.
Awards: 2004 SUNYAC All-Conference Team
Special Note: SUNY New Paltz Men's Soccer team celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1965 NCAA Atlantic Coast Men's Soccer Championship Team on October 15 with a dramatic win over local rival Vassar College. Joe scored the game-winner only 48 seconds into the overtime period to give the Hawks the 3-2 triumph.