Player Highlight Week 5

Joe Villari, Jared Gerlacher, and Will Gallucci

Week 5 Player Highlights

Each week, OSUFC will be highlighting three players so as to get to know them a bit more off the field. This week we will get to know Will Gallucci, Jared Gerlacher, and Joe Villari.

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Will Gallucci, 3rd year Goalkeeper & Marketing Major from Chicago, Illinois

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite type of food is seafood. Crab, Lobster, Clams, and Scallops – anything will do. My favorite type of music is country. I love listening to Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and Cole Swindell.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I have been playing soccer for over 10 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I am a member of the Ohio theta chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the fraternity I am a member of the philanthropy committee.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “My career aspirations are to go into more of the healthcare side of business. My goal is to end up doing pharmaceutical/medical sales for Merck, AmerisourceBergen or Cardinal Health.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “My favorite part about OSU life has got to be game day. Every game day you get to see pretty much the entire school come together and cheer on the football team. I have been incredibly lucky to experience the unbelievable energy that our school brings to the table. I look forward to every Saturday when I get to see my friends and watch OSU football dominate the competition.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “Before every game, I will listen to Scotland the Brave played by The CapeTown Highlanders on the bagpipes. There is something about bagpipes that really gets me fired up.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “OSU has molded me into the man that I am today. When I came in as a freshman, I hardly knew anybody and didn’t think I was going to adjust to this type of environment. Even though OSU is incredibly big, it offers you so many opportunities to find something that you’re interested in. I can’t thank OSU enough for the friends that it has provided me, and the networking opportunities the Fisher College of Business has given me, but most importantly the memories of being a student here.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “My favorite moment of OSUFC so far would have to be beating Michigan State last year in the first round of the regional tournament. Everyone played a great game both mentally and physically. It was a really good game and it always feels good to beat another Big Ten team.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “When it is time for me to hang up the gloves (and helmet) I hope to leave with the younger guys of the club that although we are very competitive, we always support each, give back to each other, and have fun. Always cherish the moments you have with this club and give back to the club because it has given me countless amounts of opportunities. These memories with this club will always be a part of me, and I’m lucky enough to build more memories in the future. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. “

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Jared Gerlacher, 1st year Midfielder & Finance Major from New Albany, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “My favorite food has to be a buffalo chicken sandwich. I mainly listen to rap, but I can jam to all kinds of music. Except Country. For obvious reasons.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I have been playing ever since I can remember, so about 14-15 years.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “As a first year, I haven’t had a chance to really look into many other clubs and organizations. I plan on spending a lot of my free time during second semester looking into groups that I can get involved in outside of OSUFC.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “Right now, I don’t really have a definite plan as for what I want to do for a career. I hope to utilize this year and next to help narrow down my interests. Also, I am hoping to get an internship that relates to finance that will help me decide what I would like to do in the future.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “Despite being here for a little more than a month, I can already tell that my favorite part of OSU life is the amount of activities and opportunities on campus. There is a group for every type of person on campus, and OSU provides all the resources to find it. Gameday is also one of my favorite parts of OSU life. The atmosphere is amazing and unique to the best football school in the nation.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I always make sure I spend a few minutes on my own before the game warming up and dribbling. It helps me get focused and get mentally ready.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “Being a part of OSUFC has forced me to balance my time. I am very involved with my academics, so finding a balance between all aspects of college life was something I was worried about initially. OSUFC has taught me how to do so effectively. Being involved in a competitive team sport has also helped me understand my role and contribute in a way that helps the team the most.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “I think the first weekend with the team has been my favorite moment so far. That was when I really felt apart of the team since I got to know the guys off the field. Scoring as a freshman in our game against Toledo was also a pretty cool moment and something I will always remember.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “I hope I can be a positive teammate and help the team build chemistry on and off the field. I want to remembered as someone who is willing to give his all every time I play, and I will do everything I can to help win a national championship for the upperclassmen and everyone else on the team.”

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Joe Villari, 1st year Grad Student, Defender & Pharmacy Major from Avon Lake, Ohio

Q:  Favorite food, type of music? – “I grew up in an Italian family so naturally my favorite foods are pizza and pasta. I don’t have a music preference; it depends on when I’m listening to it. I’ll listen to some piano while studying, but listen to country or rap on weekend nights. It depends on what I’m doing.”

Q: How many years have you been playing soccer? – “I’ve been playing soccer since kindergarten. Hard to see it stopping anytime soon either.”

Q: What are you involved in on campus besides OSUFC? – “I’m involved in APhA-ASP and SSHP, two student pharmacist organizations within the College of Pharmacy. I am especially involved in an APhA-ASP group that aids in educating patients on OTC products.”

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree/what are your career aspirations? – “In 4 years I hope to be a pharmacist in a pediatric/neonatal intensive care unit setting and eventually manage pharmacy operations in a hospital. I enjoy working with kids and have enjoyed shadowing PICU/NICU pharmacists, so I know this will be a good fit for me.”

Q: Favorite part of OSU life? – “The culture here is my favorite part. There’s a certain culture here at OSU that’s hard to describe to someone that doesn’t go/hasn’t gone here. There’s a unique combination of social life, education, and resources that allows us students to thrive academically and have a ton of fun while doing it. It’s inexplicable.”

Q: Do you have any pregame routines or rituals? – “I usually have 1-2 cups of coffee about 20-30 minutes before I leave for a game. Half the time I show up shaking, which can’t be healthy, but it gets me going so it’s become routine.”

Q: How has OSUFC helped you to become a better student, leader, and man? – “If I’ve learned anything the last three years on the team it’s that although sometimes we may think winning is everything, it is not. It’s about the relationships you build with other people and how you maintain them. Two years ago we won a national championship. That was unbelievable. However, last year we didn’t even make it to nationals. Thinking retrospectively, I realized that I had just as much fun last year as I did the year prior; I’ve learned to make the most of everything and value the relationships you have.”

Q: What has been your favorite OSUFC moment so far? – “It’s hard to beat winning a national championship. That’s something you never forget.”

Q: What do you believe will be the impact or legacy that you leave with OSUFC? – “It’s my last season, so I hope to be the 23-year old OSU version of UC’s “Weight Room” Guy after this year. In actuality, I hope people remember me as a good teammate, someone who leads by example. I’m not very vocal, but you’ll get 110% from me every game and if that’s what my legacy is I’m satisfied with that.”