Taicher ’19 Named Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

June 17, 2019

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

Greg Taicher fully dressed in his Rollins Lacrosse uniform running on the field.

For his success on and off the field, Rollins lacrosse player Greg Taicher ’19 receives the Sunshine State Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

Rollins men’s lacrosse captain and business management and communication studies double major Greg Taicher ’19 has been named the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

With Lizzie Berry ’19 winning the female scholar-athlete award, Rollins has swept both SSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the second time in the award’s history. Taicher is the first men’s lacrosse player in the history of the conference to be named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is another in a long line of honors for Taicher. He recently won a Fiat Lux Award, which recognizes outstanding seniors for their contributions to our campus and community in academics, leadership, inclusion, and service, and has been appointed eight times to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and President’s List. Taicher was also a member of Rollins’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Captain’s Council.

On the field, Taicher was a second team All-SSC honoree and earned a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Team of the Week award this season. The attackman led the Tars to a 10-5 record and the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The three-time team captain and three-time All-SSC honoree will earn SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for the fourth time in his college career. Taicher leaves Rollins as the program’s all-time leader in points, goals, and assists.

Greg Taicher ’19 at College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony in 2019
Photo by Scott Cook.

“One of the most important things I learned was the ability to work on a team and focus on the team’s goals,” says Taicher. “I also learned how to push myself both in the classroom and on the field, which I did with the help of my teammates—the guys I practiced with and played with every day who made me a better leader.”

During his time at Rollins, Taicher studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where he focused on international marketing, and served as the vice president of the Student Government Association, working to expand opportunities for student-athletes to get involved on campus. Taicher became the first student-athlete elected to the College’s SGA executive board when he was named vice president for the 2018-19 academic year.

This fall, Taicher will join Ernst & Young’s Technology Advisor Program, a three-year development program for recent grads focused on developing core business consulting skills and technology implementation and strategy.

Taicher is the fifth Rollins student-athlete to be honored as SSC’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year since the award was created in 1995. Other Tars to earn the award include soccer player John Smith ’97, soccer player Tony Amato ’00, basketball player Mike Veith ’02, and tennis player Mark Thompson ’04.

Students wearing caps and gowns walk to a commencement ceremony on Rollins College’s campus.

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