Welcome to The Buccaneer’s new sports column, “Breakfast with a Buc.” Each week, over a bagel breakfast, we’ll be chatting with an RBR student-athlete who is committed to play a sport at the college level next fall.
To kick things off, we sat down with senior Claudio LoBraico, who plays both football and baseball for the Bucs, and is deciding where he will continue his baseball career in college next season.
Name: Claudio LoBraico
Sports Played: Baseball and Football
Committed to play: Baseball
College: Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
In five years, I’ll be: Graduated from college with an internship and possibly pursuing medical school as an orthopedic doctor
Bagel Order: Bacon, egg and cheese on a plain
EB: Why Swarthmore/RPI?
CL: Both schools are really high academic institutions. Swarthmore is a liberal arts education, which I like, and RPI is more of a technical school, which is good because that’s what interests me. RPI has a really good program in terms of baseball, so that’s attractive, while Swarthmore is more of an on-the-rise program. I know the coaches at RPI, and they put me on their recruiting list, and even though they didn’t give me a straight-up offer as much as Swarthmore did, it’s only because they didn’t really see me a lot. Since it’s Division III, when you have a “spot” on the team, it’s not really a spot because they make cuts after fall anyway. So, I’m going to make the decision that matters to me the most.
EB: What has playing sports at RBR taught you?
CL: RBR sports taught me the importance of team chemistry and leadership. Having a tight knit group of guys who are focused on the same goal and work hard together is valuable [and] it all starts with the leaders. The leaders are the guys who set the tone and attitude of the team, and it’s their job to do their best to keep everyone on task and focused on doing everything they can to help the team win. Playing on the football team this year, I experienced how remarkable a season you can have when the whole team is invested in each other and winning.
EB: What’s your favorite RBR sports memory?
CL: Beating RBC in football…literally, you can’t beat that. The fans storming the field, [the fact that] we’d never beaten them in the past ten years, I don’t think anything will ever beat that. That’s easily the best sports moment of my life.