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Q & A With Nino DiMaggio

Nino DiMaggio, a fourth-year forward from River Edge, N.J., recently checked in with VirginiaSports.com to preview the men’s soccer team’s regular-season finale Friday vs. No. 1 Wake Forest. DiMaggio, along with other members of the senior class, will be honored prior to kick-off, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.

Question: Talk a little bit about your emotions heading into Senior Night on Friday.
DiMaggio
: Being at Virginia has been the best four years of my life, so it’s going to be emotional. Right now I’m just preparing to go into the game if my team needs me, and working hard to end the regular season on a strong note. It will be a tough night for sure.

Question: Upon graduation in the spring, what are your future plans?
DiMaggio
: I worked on Wall Street over the summer for an investment banking firm doing sales and trading, so I’d like to get into that field. I will probably try to either head to New York City or maybe somewhere abroad like London.

Question: Does that career path scare you given the current economic situation?
DiMaggio
: Well, that’s why I want to perhaps start abroad. But finance is definitely something I am interested in.

Question: What is the best part about being a senior?
DiMaggio
: Having a lot of knowledge and being able to be a mentor to the younger kids. They seek us out for advice or information about certain things and as seniors we take on that leadership role.

Question: What is the worst part?
DiMaggio
: That it’s almost over! It’s tough to see the younger kids planning their class schedules or mapping out their majors knowing that my time here is coming to an end.

Question: What is your favorite UVa soccer memory?
DiMaggio
: Anytime I scored, that was obviously a great feeling and memorable. Also, going to the Final Four my second year was special because I felt like my hard work had paid off.

Question: You play the No. 1 ranked team in the nation in Wake Forest on Friday. What can you tell us about the team’s preparation?
DiMaggio
: We are really looking forward to the game. Even though it would be an upset since they are ranked No. 1, we are definitely hoping for a good result. Everybody might be needed as we deal with injuries and suspensions, so personally I am just trying to prepare myself in the best way by taking care of my body.

Question: If you could go back and give yourself some advice prior to your freshman year, what would you tell your younger self?
DiMaggio
: I think everybody looks back and thinks they could have worked harder, on and off the field.

Question: Although UVa may host an NCAA Tournament game at Klöckner Stadium, Friday could potentially be the last time you run out of the locker room and onto the field. What is that going to feel like?
DiMaggio
: It will be very sad but I’ve had so many great memories and made such great friends through soccer. Also, I know that any success I have later in life will be, in part, would not be possible without [head coach] George [Gelnovatch] recruiting me. I feel like I’ve come so far here from being a 17-year-old kid walking through the doors. So all of that will be running through my head for sure.

 

 

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