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Shooting and Medicine Led Seitz to Akron University
A desire to pursue his shooting ambitions in a place that felt like home and to pursue his career ambition to become a doctor led Brendan Seitz to sign a letter of intent to attend Akron University.
"The coach has been a part of my shooting career," Seitz said, referring to Akron coach Newt Engle. "Whenever I visited there, he was welcoming and it felt like a second home, that's what I was looking for."
The official commitment followed a selection process that lasted a year-and-a-half. Seitz and his parents began communicating with coaches to see who might be interested.
"We got a list of 10-12 schools that had rifle programs and strong biology programs," he said. "We did some official visits and narrowed it down to three."
Ultimately, Akron was the winner for Seitz. The 18-year-old began shooting when he was about 12 years old at the Maspenock Rod and Gun Club, located right down the street from his Milford home. "My parents pushed me to try this shooting thing," he said. "And once I got there, I was pretty good."
Seitz may be understating his talent. Earlier this month he finished in the top 10 percent in a deep field at the Junior Olympics in Colorado
Springs. He has earned first and second-place finishes at the Bay State Games and stood out in a field of Olympic hopefuls at the Spring Selection, held last month at Fort Benning, Ga.
Academics are also a focus for the teenager, who is set to graduate from Mount Saint Charles in Woonsocket later this spring. Seitz plans to study biology with an eye towards being a doctor. His parents, Ken and Melissa, own a chiropractic office in Milford. But Brendan said he is not sure what kind of medicine he would like to practice.
"I have always wanted to help people out," he said. "I don't know if I will take over my parents' practice, but definitely a doctor of some kind."
Seitz combines his studies with a rigorous training regimen in order to excel in his sport. He shoots six days per week, splitting time between an air rifle and a small bore 22-caliber rifle. He practices from multiple positions, striking targets while prone, kneeling and standing.
The Olympics are on Seitz's radar, but not the 2020 games. "Maybe in 2024," he said. "I want to get a degree first and I figured shooting in college would be the best choice for that.




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