Senior Coniglio reflects on his four-years with the Bearcats
His passion and love for the sport of volleyball first sparked at an early age.
Brian Coniglio, now a senior at Baruch College, says he learned to love the game after watching his older brother, Steven Coniglio, dominate in the sport since he was in the seventh grade. Steven, who is just two years older than Brian, was an inspiration to his younger brother.
Following his brother’s footsteps, Coniglio joined the men’s volleyball team in his freshman year and won three CUNYAC championships in his first three seasons.Brian’s decision to enroll at Baruch and become a Bearcat was not a hard choice for him. The institution’s well-known academic reputation, along with its top-tier men’s volleyball program, provided him with an opportunity to receive quality education while playing the sport he loves.
Following his brother’s footsteps, Coniglio joined the men’s volleyball team in his freshman year and won three CUNYAC championships in his first three seasons.
“Having pride, and doing things not only for yourself, but for the school to make things better for future generation students is part of what being a Bearcat is about,” said Coniglio.
As a Bearcat, he prefers to represent his school in the best way he possibly can because to him, it is almost an honor to be able to play for the school’s team. “Having not only a positive, but a selfless attitude as well, can take you a long way, not only in sports, but in life as well.”
One of Coniglio’s most memorable moments as a Bearcat was making it to the NCAA tournament in his freshman year, where his team played the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks in the quarterfinals. Both teams finished their seasons ranked in the top 10 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll; Baruch was ranked No. 3. It was an amazing experience for Coniglio, as the Bearcats swept their opponents in three straight sets to advance to the semifinals. Unfortunately, the Bearcats came up short against the No. 1 ranked Springfield College.
However, to Brian, what was most important was being able to compete at that level. “It was a very close game; we competed very hard, but we lost 15-13. A few calls didn’t go our way, but it just felt great to achieve what we did achieve for the season.”
An important part of his day is making sure he feeds his body the right cocktail of nutrients. “I wake up and make sure I have breakfast, because after practice I’ll have workouts too, my body is going through a lot, so I make sure I replenish myself.”
Coniglio says his favorite food to eat in the morning is eggs, which is a healthy choice because they are high in protein. Although being a student-athlete can be a bit overwhelming, Coniglio manages to find a good balance in his schedule to keep his grades up to a gold standard.
While Coniglio is involved in many clubs and activities around Baruch, volleyball becomes the main priority for him, from the time the season begins until the time it finishes.
After the season has passed, one of his favorite things to do outside of school is going to the movie theater with friends and collecting movie tickets.
“I really love watching movies, since I was in high school I’ve seen a lot of movies. I know it’s costly, but it’s something I enjoy.” Coniglio also enjoys playing beach volleyball at Central Park; he says it is easier on the knees because the sand absorbs the impact.
When asked about what advice he, as a senior, would give to freshmen and underclassmen, Coniglio responded, “I would recommend that future students have pride in whatever they are doing even if it’s not something that is sports related.”
Part of Brian’s attitude comes from the experience of playing on a team that has been to the championships three times; he believes you must always hold yourself to a high standard, and that you have to be accountable for the decisions you make on and off the court.