By Kevin Peterson | Photo Courtesy of Kevin Peterson

Division III athletics, while still very demanding, allows student athletes the opportunity to become involved in other activities and interests outside of athletics. Noah Johnson ’23, a center back for the men’s soccer team, embodies the student athlete experience at Colorado College. In his first season at CC, Johnson started 17 out of the 18 games that he played, earning honorable mention for the all-SCAC selection and an appearance on the SCAC Academic Honor Roll.

Johnson looked back on his favorite memory playing for the Tigers: when CC beat their Texas rivals at Trinity University to win the SCAC regular season title.

“Griffin struck a beauty into the bottom left corner and I sprinted 70 yards to go celebrate with him,” Johnson said. “We were on a streak of six wins and it felt great to take down our rivals for the first time in several years. Being able to step up and get a chance to play as a freshman was an honor.”

However, despite the rigor of soccer, Johnson has found success in the classroom, pursuing a major in Molecular Biology. Whether it’s doing schoolwork in the hotel on away trips or spending long nights in Tutt, Johnson is always able to find the balance between academics and athletics. Writing for The Catalyst and playing Dungeon and Dragons with other CC students are a few of Johnson’s many hobbies that contribute to his unique personality.

Music also plays a major role in his life, with tastes ranging from punk, such as Teenage Bottlerocket, to Led Zeppelin. For Johnson, however, music is more than a hobby, as he is both an avid listener and musician.

“Music is a huge part of my life,” Johnson said. “I have been playing guitar for a couple of years and anyone who lived on second floor Loomis probably figured that one out! I use music to get me ready for games, to focus for studying, and to unwind after a long day.”

With all of these various interests, Johnson has been able to reach outside of the limited social circles of school and soccer. The combination of the Block Plan and the culture itself at CC has allowed him to both explore old talents and discover new ones. Johnson looks forward to more success in his next three years as a Tiger after a successful freshman year, and plans to continue pursuing interests off the field such as music and academics.

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