Clam Feature: 2018 National Champion Jackson Curran

Jackson Curran, a freshman at Wesleyan, was a part of the team’s historic run, which culminated in an NCAA Championship this past weekend at Gillette.

Jackson joined the Clams between 9th and 10th grade, and his contributions were immediately felt. He went onto become one of the top midfielders in a 2017 class that had quite a few very strong ones.

We wanted to take a few seconds to catch up with Jackson, in the hopes that others can learn a bit from what he’s been through. Please see his replies to a few questions we asked him below.

Here’s to hoping Wesleyan can give it another really good run in 2019! In his sophomore year, Jackson will likely make even more prominent contributions, and freshman Clam alumnus, long stick midfielder Kyle Camphausen (Wesleyan), will be a part of the journey as well.

Here’s to believing.

1. A DIII National Championship in your first year at Wesleyan, what was the jump like from Governor’s to preparing to take down Salisbury at Gillette?

There was definitely a big difference between Wesleyan and Govs. The main and most noticeable one is how much emphasis there was on hitting the weight room. At Govs you could get away with being a little undersized but in college if you’re not hitting the gym it’s going to show on the field. Our practices leading up to both Salisbury and RIT were really important for our preparation for the game. We felt like those practices leading up to those games were some of the most intense of the season. Because of this, we felt like we were prepared and were confident in our abilities.

2.  How do you think the Clams prepared you for your college experience at Wesleyan?

I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the help and support from the 
Clams organization throughout the years. Playing at all those summer tournaments against some of the best competition really helped better my game every summer. 

3.  If you had any advice to current Clams seeking to play in the NESCAC, what would it be and why?

Biggest piece of advice I would give to someone wanting to play in the NESCAC would be taking care of business in the classroom. Life is a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about that next mid term or test because you feel confident that you know the material. Another piece of advice would be that you get out what you put in. In the NESCAC coaches aren’t allowed to hold practices in the fall so its up to the players to put the work in during the off season. If you’re not hitting the weight room or playing wall ball in the summer or fall, you’re not going to be as successful when the beginning of the season starts.

4. Going back to run you guys went on, what was it like preparing for the likes of Cortland, Cabrini, Tufts, RIT and Salisbury in the NCAA Tournament? 

A lot of our preparation for those games came in practice and watching film. Our coaches do such a great job of scouting teams and they leave it up to us to learn all the information they give us. In practice we will have our scout team go against our starters and run plays and formations that we would expect to see in the game.

5. What is one academic tip or trick that you believe helped you get to where you are today?

One academic trick would be get your work done early. A great piece of advice that one of my teachers at Govs gave me was plan your week like it’s a work week. If you have classes in the morning and the afternoon off, spend that afternoon getting ahead on work so that you can have your nights free. At Wesleyan, I would have have two classes every morning, go to lunch, and then hit the library for a couple hours before going back to my dorm. Doing this allowed me to not spend all night trying to complete work due the next day.