Michael Dertz & Sam Marcotte

Two COBHA student-athletes ‘bowl over’ the rest:
Sam Marcotte and Michael Dertz find success in the classroom and on the lanes

Sam Marcotte ’17 and Michael Dertz ’18 are not only two of COBHA’s best performing students with GPAs of 3.92 and 4.0, respectively, but they’re also both members of the USF men’s bowling team.

SAM MARCOTTE, recipient of USF’s Dean’s Scholarship and Meritorious Service Awards

A May graduate, Marcotte was a Management major and obtained minors in Economics and Finance. He has always enjoyed math, and at USF, finance and banking were his favorite courses. Marcotte began his athletic career at age 10—participating in youth bowling leagues, then adding golf and tennis to the mix in high school. At USF, Marcotte joined the bowling team and bowled for four years. The experience taught Marcotte quite a bit about teamwork. Juggling multiple athletic and academic responsibilities has helped him improve his time management and organization skills—skills he knows will help him as he pursues his professional aspirations.

Dertz, soon to be a senior, is double-majoring in Accounting and Marketing. He has felt a love for sports since he was young—making many friends along the way through baseball, football and bowling. He was part of a state championship bowling team as a high school sophomore, and was recognized as a USBC Dexter All-American. Those accomplish­ments led him to the University of St. Francis, where he continues to bowl and enjoys accounting classes, which allow him to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. His marketing classes bring out his creative side.

While Marcotte and Dertz are branching out into different fields in business, they agree that it can be difficult, at times, to balance their academic and athletic priorities in college. Time management and planning skills are an absolute necessity.

Says Dertz, “When you are expected to practice three or four days a week, it becomes difficult to budget time for schoolwork. It’s also challenging to go on the road for a tournament when you need to prepare for an exam the following week.”

“Luckily, we have a pretty consistent practice schedule,” adds Marcotte, “so I can plan out my day and find time for homework too.”

MICHAEL DERTZ, recipient of USF’s Dean’s Scholarship Award

Both Marcotte and Dertz have also learned many valuable life lessons at USF. One of the most important is that being a scholar-athlete means a student needs to work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the playing field. Without classroom success, a student cannot be a successful athlete. Marcotte and Dertz take pride in being both, and

Dertz feels discipline has a lot to do with it.

“Discipline makes those who are dedicated to working hard stand out from those who are just trying to get by. Being disciplined as an athlete requires things like showing up on time to practice, maintaining a good diet, and representing USF in a positive manner. Being disciplined as a student is a little different. I have always had strong discipline with schoolwork, because I want to have a successful career one day,” he says.

Marcotte enjoys watching sports and is a big Cubs fan. He interned at Providence Bank over the last semester and has plans to become a credit analyst there after graduating. Dertz’s favorite sport is hockey, and his favorite team is the Chicago Blackhawks. After graduation, he hopes to become a CPA and work alongside his father.