Athlete Spotlight: Kyle McConaughey

McConaughey lays out for the disc while on a spring break trip to North Myrtle Beach, NC. This season, the senior is eyeing team success at Regionals. Courtesy of Kyle McConaughey.

Sport: Ultimate Frisbee

Class year: 2019



Where do you call home?

Chapel Hill, NC

What’s your major?

Cognitive Science

What else do you do on campus?

Other than Ultimate, I dance (past member of VRDT, FlyPeople and Vas- sar on Tap), cook, spend time with friends and nap.

Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

Tyler Hansbrough (UNC Tarheels Basketball). I’ve always been a huge UNC fan, having grown up in Chapel Hill.

What’s your favorite building on campus, and why?

Definitely the Deece—specifically, the second floor. I love booths, unlimit- ed food and big spaces with very few people in them.

What’s your best Deece hack?

Balsamic glaze makes everything taste better and look classier.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what are you picking?

Eggs! When I’m on my own I eat half a dozen a day. Maybe more.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Either Zendaya or Natalie Dormer.

What’s your most listened to artist or album in the last couple weeks?

I think either Cardi B or J Balvin? It kind of alternates depending on the mood.

Who’s one person from history you’d like to have dinner with?

Da Vinci. I’d love to talk with someone so ahead of his time.

What’s one thing about you people would be surprised to know?

I like jamming out to classical music.

What’s the hottest take you have?

The fear of looking childish is the last childish thing we grow out of.

What do you see as your role on the team?

Off the field, my role is to help form a cohesive team and create a welcoming and supportive environment. I also help organize the team and work on the logistics of being in charge of 60–80 people. On the field, I handle the disc mostly, so my role is to keep the flow of the game going and maintain movement on the field. Additionally, I work to keep spirits high and encourage a fun and focused atmosphere.

When and why did you start playing Ultimate Frisbee?

I started playing Ultimate in middle school, at Carolina Friends School (Durham, NC).

What’s your favorite memory from playing frisbee at Vassar?

Naming just one moment is difficult. On the field, I’d have to go with a personal highlight from our spring break tournament of skying some kid and icing him immediately afterwards. Off the field, almost every instance of all of us spending time together, singing/dancing/having fun.

What are your team goals for this season?

I’d like to see us get in good shape for the spring and get through some of regionals.

What do you like most about the ultimate frisbee program at VC?

I love the family spirit/mentality that is developed here. I’ve always felt comfortable with both my peers and my elders on the team, and I hope to ensure that’s true for everyone from rook to senior.

Senior Kyle McConaughey (Chapel Hill, NC) will captain Vassar Khalj Ultimate’s Open team this year alongside seniors Peter Roumeliotis and Michael Eacobacci. Courtesy of Kyle McConaughey.

If students are interested in joining the team, what should they do?

Show up to practice! We send out emails for each practice, so show up and let us know that you’d like to be on the email list, and you’ll get all the information. Practice is M/W/F from 3 to 5:30-ish, on Noyes Circle.

What’s one piece of advice you have for first-years?

Call your parents—might not mean much to you, but it’ll mean the world to them.

Any last words?

Go Heels!

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