Luke Bennett—This is the first installment of a new running blog on Winging It. I will highlight student-athletes here at The College at Brockport and focus on their academic prowess, along with the athletic and personal. The purpose of this blog is to show that these star athletes rank amongst the highest on the field and in the classroom. These men and women balance the workload of NCAA athletics and the rigorous curriculum. These are their stories…
Name: Doc Gentzler
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA
Major: Finance and Accounting
Age: 22 years old
Sport: Varsity Ice Hockey #13
Has there been any moment or person throughout your life that has inspired you to become a finance and accounting major?
Yeah, I would have to say Tony Drocton who is the CEO of a purse company in Los Angeles taught me that finance and accounting are what makes the world go around. I am a money man and Mr. Drocton is as well.
Have you ever regretted becoming a double major?
I mean I would be lying if I say that I didn’t want to do something easier, but it is where the money is and as long as I keep putting my nose to the grindstone then there is nothing I can’t do.
You are now almost 4 semesters in to your college career. Is there any advice you wish you could give to first semester freshman Doc?
Grip it and rip it. Take every chance you can, because this is college and you can’t be afraid to fail.
How do you manage the workload of being a double major and an NCAA athlete?
Well it’s tough. Like I said earlier I just tell myself to keep at and think about why I am doing this. Hockey – because I love it, and school – because I’m a dreamer. I want to be my best self where no one does it like me.
You being a Hermosa Beach native, it is strange to see someone from the west coast out here in Brockport playing hockey. Can you speak to that and maybe a little on how you got here?
Sure, Luke. I grew up watching my older brother play roller hockey at a park near my house, and then from there I learned how to ice skate at a young age and always played with my heart on my sleeve. I have played all over the country now and met so many great people, but my roots are in southern California. And yeah, it used to be strange to see someone from my town make it in hockey, but if you take a look, you can see this sort of emergence of extremely talented hockey players after the Wayne Gretzky trade and of course the LA Kings winning two Stanley Cups recently.
Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Strahan, Jarret Stoll, Daniel Tosh, Jack Black. All notable people from Hermosa. If Doc Gentzler ever gets added to this list, what is it for and why?
Good question. I would have to say for being a business guru with a lot of money. One of my heroes is Jimmy Buffet and how he has built a brand and lifestyle behind his music.
Eagle Day is coming up in a month or so, where do you think you would find yourself during that beautiful day?
With my eagle comrades, you know, my buddies. I will probably be with all my friends, listening to music outside and playing games. It truly is one of my favorite days of the year, regardless of the weather. It could be snowing outside and I will still be outside enjoying the day with my friends.
You walk into the Seymour College Union with an empty stomach and as many Dining Dollars as you want — what do you get?
Depends, if it’s breakfast time then I am heading straight to the grille to get my two over-easy eggs, a hash brown and toast. I love the toast there actually, it’s my favorite part of the breakfast. I don’t know if it is how they butter the bread or what, but it’s delicious.
And what about lunch?
Sprouts for sure. I always forget that cheese counts as a topping though and have to pay 50 cents extra but for that salad, I’ll bite the bullet.
Last question, Doc: why Brockport?
Well, I visited a ton of schools while I was being recruited for hockey, and when I came here on campus for the first time, I felt like I could picture myself being a part of this community. I enjoyed the campus and the people were all so welcoming. So for me, it was an easy choice.