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Learning to Lead

Aaron Humphreys '11 seized the opportunity to make history at Randolph

Aaron Humphreys ’11

Aaron Humphreys '11Hometown: Powhatan, Virginia

Major: Sociology

Minor: Sport and Exercise Studies

Favorite traditions: Pumpkin Parade and Ring Week

 


 

When Aaron Humphreys ’11 decided to attend Randolph College, he expected the ribbing from his high school friends for being a part of the first coed class at a former women’s college. But Humphreys knew this was also the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to receive an incredible education while making history as one of the founding members of Randolph’s first men’s soccer team.

Now a senior, the sociology major is glad he made that choice. “I really can’t see myself anywhere else. It’s pretty remarkable to think about everything our class has gone through and what we have accomplished,” Humphreys said.

A first-generation college student, Humphreys was selected for the College’s competitive Davenport Leadership Institute last summer. That opportunity, combined with his responsibilities as a goalie for the soccer team, provided Humphreys with leadership skills he knows will serve him well in the future.

He began playing soccer when he was 6 years old and has coached younger players during his summer breaks since high school. He would eventually like to coach full-time. “Coaching is more than about making better players. It’s about making better people. You can help people grow in their lives outside of soccer,” he said.

 

Aaron Humphreys '11 makes a save.

Humphreys plans to work for a soccer association near his home in Powhatan, Virginia, after graduation. “I want to open doors and see where they take me,” he said. “I’m prepared for anything, and that’s exciting.”

 

Humphreys is confident his younger teammates will carry on what he and his classmates began—both on the field and on campus. “When we came in as first-years, we didn’t really know what to do. We didn’t have any mentors. We just had our coach. It’s been cool to be able to kind of pave the way for everyone else.”

He is proud to have been a part of the Class of 2011. “I know a big concern was that we would lose all of the traditions here,” Humphreys said. “But we’ve upheld those. While we’ve made this our own place, we’ve also made sure that we haven’t forgotten the past. I’m proud of that.”