Wilmington College junior men’s lacrosse player Reid Delaney was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Month for the month of April.
While Delaney, a Wooster High School graduate, is excelling in the classroom as evident by his 3.97 grade point average in business administration, his impact away from academics has reached all the way to the state of Maine.
After serving as a counselor in the lacrosse program at Camp Androscoggin in Wayne, Maine, Delaney will return this summer as a co-head of the lacrosse department. His first foray into residential camp counseling was definitely a learning experience.
“The most I worked with kids was volunteering with elementary school kids as a senior in high school, but that was once or twice a week for an hour,” said Delaney. “Going from once or twice a week to living with nine-year-olds for seven weeks teaches you a lot of patience. Six nine-year-olds can be a handful, especially when they are away from their parents for seven weeks. They go on this weird independence thing where they think they can do what they want away from their parents. You have to let them know you mean business.”
Camp Androscoggin is a seven-week camp in which Delaney spends most of his days teaching lacrosse. He has four-to-five 90-minute periods with kids ages eight to 15, and at the end of the summer, they compete in a Central Maine camp league tournament.
During this time he was also able to work with international counselors from Spain and Ireland.
Delaney, as the coach of the 10-year old team and the 12-year old team, helped guide both teams to tournament championships.
On the WC campus, Delaney is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the leader of the lacrosse study tables.
“Reid has done an incredible job on and off the field,” said Wilmington head coach Domenic Marzano. “He always holds himself to the highest standard in everything that he does. Not only has he held a 4.0, but he also is the leader of our study tables to help out his teammates. He has helped our team GPA improved drastically by his dedication toward helping his teammates succeed.”
On the field, Delaney is second on the team in goals (11), assists (7) and points (18).