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Graduates in the Spotlight : 2019 Graduates in the Spotlight

Chauncey Allers

image of Chauncey AllersHOMETOWN: raised in Sandy Cove, Ireland; lives in Wilton, Connecticut

MAJOR: Justice and Law Administration, Law Enforcement concentration

WCSU DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration

ACTIVITIES: Men’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis, will be starting Men’s Football once he begins WCSU master’s program, 2018-19 Student Athletes Advisory Committee representative, Intramural Volleyball League, works part-time as a soccer coach

HONORS AND AWARDS: Dean’s List spring 2018, 2018-19 WCSU Male Athlete of the Year; captain of Men’s Soccer 2017/18 and 2018/19, captain of Men’s Tennis 2018/19, 2016-18 LEC All Conference First Team (Men’s Soccer), 2017-18 LEC Offensive Player of the Year (Men’s Soccer), 2018 LEC All Conference Doubles First Team (Men’s Tennis), WCSU record holder for goals in a season (24), goals in a career (59), points in a season (57), points in a career (131) and tied the school record for most goals in a single game (4) for soccer

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Chauncey Allers is honest about why he came to WCSU. “I originally came to WCSU solely to play soccer,” he says. “I never had any intentions of going to school yet. However, the soccer coach reached out and said that I was needed to help turn the program around. It was not until Joseph Mingachos contacted me, that I realized the true potential I had in the classroom, too.”

Allers enrolled as a computer science major. “However, I didn’t feel the connection or the necessary drive to do well and pursue it,” he admits. “Then, as an elective, I took criminology with Dr. Kim Marino and she changed my collegiate life all together. The way she taught and portrayed law enforcement hit home and I dove in head first and have not looked back.”

The transition from athlete to student-athlete came about through the persistence of Allers’ coaches. “Joseph Mingachos and Paul Prisco have become my biggest supports and mentors in my life. Without the both of them, none of my success would have been possible. While I was struggling to discover who I was and what I wanted to become, these two stuck with me through it all to make sure I made the best out of every opportunity.”

Asked what he will remember most about his WCSU experience, Allers says, “WestConn vs. Keene State in the 2018 LEC soccer playoff final. We were playing an away match, yet still had all of our fans. We went down a goal and with nine minutes left, I scored to tie us up, and we won in overtime. We then celebrated as a team, as a family, with all of our fans. One of the best days of my life thus far.”

After graduation, Allers says he’ll begin WCSU’s new Master’s in Addiction Studies program in the fall.

His advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Relax! It is not the end of the world. One bad grade does not define who you are. With determination and grit, you can accomplish your goals. Also, branch out. Become comfortable with asking for help and making new friends.”