Florida Tech Scholar-Athlete Spotlight Recognizes Soccer Player Midfielder Jacopo Ghezzi
By Jerry Durney, Florida Tech News Bureau // October 8, 2023
Ghezzi is majoring in Electrical Engineering
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field. We caught up with Panther men’s soccer midfielder Jacopo Ghezzi, a junior who is majoring in Electrical Engineering, for this edition of Scholar-Athlete Spotlight.
Transferring to Tech prior to the 2022 season from Lubbock Christian after making the trek to the States from Bergamo, Italy, Jacopo had an exceptional debut campaign, tallying two goals and four assists from midfield while starting 15 of 18 games.
He went on to earn All-SSC Tournament honors as the Panthers won their first-ever SSC Tournament championship.
Following the season, Ghezzi was named to the SSC Commissioner’s and Florida Tech Athletic Director’s Honor Roll thanks to a 4.0 GPA!
With the Panthers now two feet into SSC play, Jacopo joined us to talk about all the work that goes into becoming an electrical engineer.
Tell us a little bit about your major, what made you choose it and what do you want to do with it.
Here at Florida Tech, I’m studying computer engineering and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Especially because my father is a software engineer. I’ve always had this passion since I was a kid. I’ve always liked math, programming, and computers, so it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.
When it came to transfer, what was it about Florida Tech that made you want to be here?
When I was in Lubbock, Texas, I wasn’t really happy, even though there were a lot of good people, but I chose Florida Tech mainly because I think it’s a good place to be, especially with the weather that there is in Florida.
I really like the soccer program here and I chose Florida Tech also for the academic level, the school, especially in programming and computer science, computer engineering, those kinds of majors. I got here and I’m really happy about that.
What’s something you’ve learned at Florida Tech about your field that you didn’t know before?
I think programming is something that I really, really liked to do before but I never got into it and here at Florida Tech, I can fully experience it. I really liked for example, when we’re doing labs and programming we are using Arduino, which is a microcontroller and you can do a lot of stuff with it and this is really enjoyable. I really like it.
How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for what you’re doing now and are there lessons from the pitch that you apply to your studies?
I started to play soccer when I was a kid and since then, I think it has given me a lot, especially in terms of group values because it’s not an individual sport, it’s a group sport. As I grew in the sport, I learned you have to work with people. You have to work with teammates and I bring these values into school, as well as other fields like friends and work.
What advice would you give to an athlete coming to Florida Tech who has an interest in Electrical Engineering?
I would definitely say to come here, especially because it’s a really good school, academically speaking. It’s an amazing place to be in Melbourne.
You can go to the beach, you have a lot of stuff to do. You’re close to Orlando, you’re close to the Kennedy Space Center.
If you want to do electrical engineering, computer engineering, those kinds of majors, you’re going to enjoy a lot since you have a lot of good professors that are teaching you, you’ll enjoy your classes and you can make a lot out of it.
What’s something you’ve done in the classroom that you’re most proud of?
It’s something I did last year, so it’s not something really difficult. But working as a controller, so working with LEDs, buttons, and stuff like that, combining programming and those kinds of things can be really fun and I really liked it.
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