A native of Middleton, Wis., Derek Pitts enters his senior season with the Wisconsin men’s soccer team in 2013. After appearing in 13 games last season and tallying two points from the midfield position, Pitts returns as one of UW’s most experienced players in the midfield.
What’s it like having the opportunity to play soccer for your hometown school?
“I went to a few games when I was little and now being on the team and playing with those same kinds of guys I looked up to when I was younger is surreal. And the level of play is so much more physical and intense compared to high school. Everyone thinks it’s such a small jump but it’s huge and it’s such an awesome environment to play in. Aside from that, being able to play soccer at a school with such a great academic reputation makes it even better.”
What class are you most looking forward to taking this semester?
"I’m majoring in Medical Engineering and the one class I’m most looking forward to taking this year is a medical imaging course. I’m guessing I will be one of a few who are excited for that particular class. I’m getting further into my major and more specific in my classes so it’s kind of nice getting into the nitty gritty stuff that I’m going to be doing in my career."
How did you spend your offseason?
"I spent the entire summer in Madison playing soccer. It was awesome. Along with that I was working full-time too on the east side of Madison. I was doing medical imaging which is something within my major."
If you weren’t playing collegiate soccer what sport would you be playing?
"I’d be playing sand volleyball in California somewhere. Volleyball is one of those sports I’ve always enjoyed and I play once in awhile during the summer, so I wouldn’t mind playing it more often if I wasn’t playing soccer."
Quick Q’s with Derek
Best movie you've seen recently?
World War Z
Twitter or Facebook?
Cornbread and potatoes
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