Konrad Gorich: International Athlete Wearing Maroon
From Eberbach, Germany, Konrad Gorich ’18 is one of 58 international students who play varsity sports at UMass Amherst. He wears the Minuteman uniform for the men’s soccer team. He enrolled in the flagship campus, believing it was a perfect fit for pursuing his desire for strong academics and passion for playing soccer. Playing as a center back, Gorich carries impressive game-by-game statistics, such as during the 2016 season, assisting in the 2–0 shutout of Brown University and a recorded goal in the 3–2 win over the University of Hartford. On the academic side, he began as a sociology major and is now switching to sport management.
Like many international students, Gorich enriches the college experience for his classmates and teammates. UMass Amherst men’s soccer Head Coach Fran O’Leary says, “International students add life to an already diverse campus. They bring different cultures and perspectives that can only enhance the quality of the UMass experience.”
Gorich, he says, has already positively impacted the team. “Konrad has been a great addition to our program. In a short amount of time, he has assumed a leadership position both on and off the field,” says O’Leary.