April 23, 2014 | (Video and cover photo courtesy NCAA)
Carl Pressprich's successful career as an Albion College student-athlete has often found him in key back-end roles—from his regular studies, to his computer programming to help protect wireless networks as an Oak Ridge National Laboratory intern, to bolstering the defense of the first-place Britons' men's lacrosse team.
Now, the physics major and third-year pre-engineering student from Ann Arbor has taken a star turn: Pressprich is pictured on the cover of the Spring 2014 issue of NCAA Champion magazine. An NCAA crew from Indianapolis visited campus and Albion-based manufacturer Caster Concepts for the photo shoot.
In the story, Pressprich talks about his hope to work in the auto industry like his grandfathers did, as electrical engineers at Ford and General Motors, and help write the next chapter in Detroit's future.
"Why would I work in Detroit after school?" he says in the story. "Why would I stay in the auto industry when they're struggling and companies are going bankrupt? I see it as a new problem to solve. How do you make new cars more efficient? How do you make them lighter, cheaper, safer? There are just so many different interesting problems to solve with an automobile."
Pressprich will attend the University of Michigan next fall, where in two years he plans to graduate with two bachelor's degrees—one in physics from Albion, the other in engineering from Michigan.
The men's lacrosse team began the day atop the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings with a 4-0 record, to go with a 10-3 overall mark. Pressprich has started 12 of the 13 games and earlier this week was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week. "Carl has been the most consistent player in our program," head coach Jake DeCola says.