We recently chatted with Lauren Dittrich who played women’s soccer at TU. Lauren was a NAIA All American and All NCAA Independent player from 2005-06 who also earned two All Region and All Conference honors. She was defensive leader on teams that reached the 2006 NAIA Sweet 16 and won the 2006 Region IX Championship. She was a member of 2005 AMC Champions and region finalist. She led the team to a record 14 shutouts in 2006 while posting overall 30-9-4 record in two seasons. Enjoy our Q&A with Lauren.
What first attracted you to Tiffin University?
I think the fact the when I visited Tiffin after leaving Campbell University and the girls on the team were very welcoming. I also liked the fact that it was a smaller school that had my major, and was closer to home.
What was your biggest challenge to overcome as an athlete/coach?
The biggest challenge I had to overcome was definitely being forced to redshirt my junior year. It ended up being the biggest blessing and I definitely learned a lot about myself and matured as a player.
What do you feel was the highlight of your athletic playing/coaching career?
The highlight of my playing career at Tiffin was definitely beating Houghton on their home field for the regional championship. I still can hear the ref counting down the final ten seconds because the score board wasn’t working.
Who were some of your closest friends/associates from your playing/coaching career?
I can’t name closest friends. That whole team was my family. It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
Who were some key coaches/administrators that helped you during that period?
Rudy Brownell definitely was key in helping me. I definitely learned from him how to be unselfish and more of a team player. Professor Scott Blough also helped me a lot. He helped me obtain an internship with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Who do you feel had the biggest influence in helping you achieve success on and/or off the field?
I think my team had the biggest influence on my success on the field. Everyone around me was giving a 100% a 100% of the time; how could I not do the same.
What was the most important thing you learned during your time at TU?
The most important thing I learned from my time at Tiffin was definitely hard work does pay off. Nothing comes easy you have to work hard for it.
How have you used your Tiffin University experience in your post-collegiate career?
There were a lot of times I’ve experienced struggles in life where I’ve wanted to give up. Nothing comes easy to those who don’t work hard for it and I definitely learned and experienced that at Tiffin University.