It isn’t always easy to describe a student by using just one word. But, in the case of Erin McCaslin, who plays guard on the Roosevelt Lakers women’s basketball team, the word “first” is perfect.
Here are a few “firsts” about McCaslin: ranked first in her high school graduating class; first Roosevelt student-athlete to earn a spot on the All- Academic team in women’s basketball for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference; member of the first Student Athlete Advisory Committee; Roosevelt’s first Female Student Athlete of the Year; and first in the conference in successful three-point attempts (73) as a freshman.
McCaslin chose Roosevelt over other colleges because the idea of playing on the first women’s basketball team in Roosevelt’s history intrigued her. Her decision to attend the University has enabled McCaslin to be a part of some important moments in the institution’s history. For instance, she was among the first group of students to use the new Wabash Building and she also played in the first game ever held in the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center.
Her decision to attend Roosevelt was finalized when she met Robyn Scherr-Wells, Roosevelt’s women’s basketball coach. McCaslin’s admiration for Scherr-Wells has grown even stronger over the years as the coach has become a role model and academic mentor. Their friendship is an important element in McCaslin’s collegiate life because her parents, Jim and Anita, and older brother, Scott, live far away in Washington state. Her father played semipro basketball while teaching in Australia and her grandfather played basketball at the University of Michigan and is a well-known high school basketball coach in California.
McCaslin is enjoying her studies and time at Roosevelt. In fact, she was named the Heller College of Business’ Outstanding Junior Student for the 2012-13 academic year, a testament to her being both a great student-athlete and a great ambassador for Roosevelt University.
She likes the University’s diverse atmosphere and has made many close friends in and out of athletics. She said she came to Roosevelt as a “book smart” student and will leave with the added benefit of being “street smart.”
Looking ahead, McCaslin sees herself going to graduate school and pursuing a career in sports marketing. She doesn’t think she’ll go pro unless it would involve international travel. She likes Chicago, but has an adventurous spirit and doesn’t want to stop exploring, having already been to Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and Alaska.
Scherr-Wells calls McCaslin a bit of a “gym rat.” Yes, she is usually the first one at practice, but in this one rare instance of not being first, she is usually the last one to leave. In addition, it should be mentioned that McCaslin currently has a GPA of 3.96 out of 4.0. That would make her very close to being on top yet again!
A special note: At Roosevelt, athletes are awarded scholarships based on academic merit, not athletic ability.
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