Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Parental Perspective: Repp Family

Josh Repp was a clutch performer for the 'Cats

Most of the focus in the recruiting process is understandably geared towards the student-athlete.  However, the other side of the coin is that at the end of the day it’s the parent/parents/guardian that has to buy in and support sending their son to college and entrust them to a coaching staff.

We’re lucky enough to have some feedback from some parents of recent Linfield football graduates about their own Linfield experience and I feel it speaks highly of how both Linfield football and Linfield College continues to shape the lives of young people.

Below is a letter from the parents of Kicker/Punter Josh Repp who wrapped up an excellent career for the ‘Cats this past season.  

As a high school senior, there were so many opportunities available for our kicker/punter son, Josh Repp.  We visited schools, he fielded calls from coaches all over the country, we researched; it was grueling.  After taking a trip to Linfield on his own, Josh came back, and all other options were no longer considered.  He was going to Linfield, and that decision was certain. In somewhat of a panic, we sought to research the school and talk with people living in Oregon about the program.  Everyone had the same answer; you could not find a better place.  The students from Linfield carry the reputation of people of excellent character, dedication, and those who are well prepared for the working world.  They graduate ready to give back and contribute in every way.

We were excited to find out about the history and quality of the football program, but it was the school and the concern for the student athlete that really helped us to agree with Josh's decision.  Who would know the team would be amazing?  Certainly, not us Southern Californians, but amazing it was!  We will never forget the night he called, in December of 2012, to express his sadness about his first loss at home in four years.  He was so disappointed, and yet we shared how inconceivable it was to be able to play for a team with that kind of record.  During his time, he had phenomenal coaching support, made lifelong friends, and was treated by a training staff that rivals professional football teams.  The trainers are fantastic, and it gave us comfort knowing they were looking out for our son, while we were more than 1,000 miles away.  Now, Josh is trying to find young men in Southern California in order to encourage them to attend Linfield.  He knows what an incredible opportunity it was for him and he wants to share that with other Californians.

Academically, Linfield has been a challenge and we have reveled in watching our son grow through this.  We just kept saying, "That is why a college diploma holds so much meaning."  He found advisors, professors, and support staff on campus that helped him navigate the college experience.  As his time winds down, it is with some sadness, but we rejoice and feel confident, like other Linfield grads, our son is ready to contribute in a great way. Whether he ends up in law enforcement, as is his dream, or any other profession, we know he will take Linfield with him throughout his life.  To all you coaches, staff, trainers, fellow athletes, and students: Thank you for blessing our Wildcat!

Sharon and Gary Repp

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