Name: Angela Croteau Marx
Sport(s) played at Scranton: Softball
Graduation year: 2007
Degree(s) earned: B.S. in Biophysics
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Current employer and occupation: Roberts Eyecare Associates, Optometrist
Why did you choose to attend The University of Scranton?: Ultimately, The University of Scranton just felt like home. I visited schools that were closer to home, further from home, had Division I Athletics and that may be considered "more prestigious", but Scranton felt like, and was, the prefect fit - it was home. So much so, I found my husband and got married there.
What did you love about being an NCAA Division III student-athlete?: I loved being a Division III student-athlete because I was just that, a student and an athlete. I graduated with more athletes that have become doctors than I'm sure many other programs can boast. Athletics mattered, not just to the school, but to our friends, coaches, teammates, and most importantly to ourselves. We didn't play for sports center top 10 accolades, we played for a true love of the game. Academics mattered, also. We were never expected to drop our studies and classes for our sport. It took planning, but it was completely worth all the sacrifice, time and energy spent to make my Scranton life one of a student and an athlete.
When was the last time you were back on campus and what was it like to be back?: Our last visit to campus was February 2019 for the Wall of Fame Game. We try to make it back to campus as often as we can and it helps that my husband's family is still in the area. We love being on campus and have loved watching it transform over the years - from Gunster being torn down, to the new student center and the Dionne Green, we've seen how student's lives have transformed on campus. Academically, the transformation of St.Thomas Hall and construction of the "new" Loyola and Leahy Halls provide students with opportunities I could only dream of. Athletically, the Kevin P Quinn Athletics Campus is a step above anything our past athletes could have imagined. To see the hopes and dreams of so many coaches and players come to fruition has been amazing. We love coming back for games and can't wait to see some more baseball and softball action this spring.
What is your favorite memory in a Scranton uniform?: The bus rides are on my list of favorite memories in a Scranton uniform. The softball team was my second family, and consisted of girls who I otherwise wouldn't have known. The friendships and bonds formed last to this day as we celebrate weddings, babies, new homes and life accomplishments together. Another of my favorite memories were the end of year ceremonies honoring our seniors. The realization that this is the last time you are putting on a uniform for your sport is a tough one, but the support and love of your teammates help lessen the blow - and reassure you that, while you may not don the uniform again, those who follow in your footsteps will continue the great tradition, just as you did for those you followed.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?: I think my greatest accomplishment is achieving my three vocations - wife, mother, doctor - and figuring out how to give 100% to each of them. It's not easy, no one ever said it would be, but it is my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world!
What advice would you like to share with current student-athletes at Scranton?: Enjoy it. Live it. Love it. Give your all to your team and you'll never be let down. Life gets messy and tough and it seems like you can't make it all work. But you can. You rely on your team, your family, to support you and do the same for others. Scranton has a rich tradition of greatness in sport and academics, one each athlete contributes to and makes greater. Enjoy your time at Scranton and never take lightly to honor it is to be called a student-athlete.