Interview with the Coach’s Pick—Athlete of the Week
Name: Cameron Burton
Class Standing: Junior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Sport: Cardinals men’s soccer, #24
Position: Center Midfield
I met with the Cardinals men’s soccer team Head Coach Al Grashuis and Assistant Coach Jared Clayburn to see who they would be honoring as the Coach’s Pick—Athlete of the Week after having played Manchester University and the Moody Bible Institute earlier in the week; the two coaches were quick to choose Cameron Burton for his performance, and described Burton as the “backbone of the midfield” and as an “intelligent player who knows where to be when he needs to be.”
Men’s soccer Midfield #18, Torian Hill (junior, psychology) also spared no compliments when describing his fellow teammate.
Hill said, “Burton brings a good attitude to the field. He’s very helpful and plays very well in both the defensive and offensive positions. His friendly character and attitude is also represented on the field.”
Why do you think the coach described you as the “backbone of the midfield” and why you were chosen as the Coach’s Pick—Athlete of the Week?
I think he saw my hard work on the field—my hustle to prevent goals. It started from when I was young and played for a select league, where my coach at the time drilled into us the importance of playing our positions. I’ve been playing for a many years now and it has helped me in playing my position here for the Cardinals.
You mentioned you were playing soccer for some time now, how did you get started?
Back when I was living in Antigua—everyone was playing soccer there. It was a pretty big deal there and that’s how I started. I’ve enjoyed it ever since.
What kind of mindset do you have going into each game?
I focus on doing better to help the team and to play better defense.
What are ways you want your team to improve together?
As a team, we need to work on passing and keeping possession of the ball and playing the right positions on defense.
Is there any significant reason why you chose number #24 for your jersey ?
I originally wanted #2 actually because that had always been my jersey number, but Coach (Grashuis) made me get a size large so I got stuck with #24. I could’ve fit in a medium though.