CATCHING UP WITH LUCAS PRILLAMAN '16

Lucas Prillaman '16 (Trivium Racing photo)
Lucas Prillaman '16 (Trivium Racing photo)

What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?

I loved the smaller school setting that allowed for a more intimate learning experience and the relationships that were more easily built in the smaller settings. Also, when given the chance to be a part of a college soccer program, it was hard not to take that opportunity!

What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?

I distinctly remember being pushed to not only produce good work but create work that I can be proud of. I was pushed to dig deeper and find interesting topics of study in my Capital and Money Markets class with Robert Williams (among others), as well as preparing for the CPA exam in several independent studies with Bill Grubbs.

What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete at Guilford?

At a small school, you can't help but spend time with your teammates. You have classes together, you have meals together, and you are on the field together. This time together helps build bonds that translate to better chemistry and better performances on the field.

            The constant time with teammates, along with a coach that wants to see you succeed, both on and off the field, makes for great relationships and results.

What have you been up to since you left Guilford?

After graduating from Guilford in 2016, I earned my Master of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University in December 2017 and passed the CPA exam. I currently work as a tax associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in uptown Charlotte.

            I have also taken my running from the track to the road and from running 400 meters (at Guilford) to marathons. In November I will run my fourth marathon in Philadelphia.

What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?

Time and time again I’ve used my experiences from Guilford to continue my upward momentum. I’ve taken the lessons I learned on the field and in the classroom and applied them to my current situations. From leadership and teamwork to time management and dedication, being a student-athlete compassed many traits and qualities that are useful well after graduation.

            Being a student-athlete has also opened doors and led to conversations that I didn't know were available. I’m continually amazed at the Quaker Alumni I meet in some of the most unexpected places.

What do you miss most about Guilford?

I miss the people and the close-knit community that surrounded me. I genuinely loved my time at Guilford, from my academic endeavors to my athletic pursuits. Guilford provided me with the opportunities and means to grow as a student, athlete, and person. It was a defining two-year period in my academic career, one that I am grateful to have had and shared with so many.

What are your future plans?

While I can't say I have everything mapped out, I can say I want to continue to grow. I want to grow professionally and continue to learn everything I can in the tax world, and what better time than now right after tax reform. I want to continue to grow personally and contribute in a manner representative of both the Quaker values instilled in me at Guilford and my own personal beliefs. I want to continue to grow physically as I continue to run 5Ks to marathons.

What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?

Playing at the next level is something most high schoolers dream of, but only a few get the chance to play. Make sure you take full advantage of the opportunity. Enjoy playing the game you love and competing at the next level. Build relationships with teammates and coaches, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

            Along with this privilege comes the responsibility. You are first a student before an athlete. Take just as much pride in your studies as you do on the field, court, or track. Enjoy every minute of both. They are amazing experiences.

Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.

I'll never forget my first track meet. After playing four years of college soccer, I didn't know there was anything left for me until I talked with (track and field coaches) Kim and Danny Cash. They convinced me to give running a shot. Running, like without a ball in front of me? Sure I was skeptical, but it gave me something to work for after my soccer days had ended.

            Next thing you know, I am at my first track meet. Some of my soccer teammates had come out to cheer me on and I had a whole new team cheering for me. I ran the 500-meter run in my opening weekend and felt like I was flying. It was then I knew track was something else I was really going to love.

            Whether it was soccer or track and field, Guilford Athletics provided so much for me and I’m continually grateful for the coaching and support I received while there. I still keep in contact with my coaches and teammates to this day.

- Lucas Prillaman '16 (track)

- Lucas Prillaman '16 (soccer)