PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Jordan Fein, a 2017 graduate of Lakeland High School, was one of 18 Plattsburgh State student-athletes who were recently recognized for their outstanding performances in the classroom and in competition.
The honors, given by the Institute for Sport and Social Justice’s National Student-Athlete Day, kicked off its Division III Week Celebration.
“Being recognized in this way means a great deal to me for many reasons,” said Fein, who is a junior midfielder for the Cardinals. “I’ve always been a big believer in ‘you get out what you put in.’ Being honored in such a way is a humbling feeling. It makes me truly appreciate the support system I have in my life, whether it be my family, coaches, friends, or professors. They have all been instrumental in my life and getting me to where I am today.”
Fein’s high-school coach, Lakeland boss Tim Hourahan, was thrilled that Fein was recognized.
“First of all, it is an absolute honor to have one of our own recognized like this by the NCAA,” Hourahan said. “Jordan is among a great list of players we have had graduate from Lakeland and go on to play college soccer at the next level. In fact, we have had 23 players play college soccer at some level, just since 2012, and we are all so proud of what Jordan has done, and continues to do, to represent himself and the Lakeland soccer community.
“For our guy Jordan, to be selected as a representative speaks volumes about Jordan the man,” Hourahan added.
Fein displays a strong work ethic, both in the classroom, and on the field, allowing him to accomplish what he has.
“Ask any college student-athlete how their semester is going, and the response will be they are usually buried in schoolwork, then add on to that training, normal team practice, and social life,” Fein said. “At that point you could really commend any student-athlete, but there is a lot of sacrifice. Choices made up of tough decisions on how to spend your time. The key parts for me are making a schedule, and staying disciplined to follow it.”
When asking what enabled Fein to receive this honor, Hourahan shared a text Plattsburgh coach Chris Taylor sent him.
“Jordan is an example to everyone in our program, through his dedication to everything he does,”” Taylor wrote in a text to Hourahan. “There is no better example of a student-athlete than Jordan Fein.”
Hourahan said that he keeps in constant contact with Taylor, as he has been one of his main clinicians at the Hudson Valley College ID camp, held at Lakeland the past two summers.
On the field, Plattsburgh finished last fall 11-8, which included winning seven in a row after a 3-6 start, and making it to the finals of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament.
“Looking back on the entire season, we had some bumps in the beginning,” Fein said. “Once we hit our stride, the team really began to find out who we were and our team identity. That’s why I love the season and program so much. No matter what obstacles were thrown at us, it didn’t matter, because we just kept knocking the door down together.”
This coming season, the Cardinals are looking to build on last year’s success.
“It’s our goal every year to win SUNYAC’s and go to the NCAA tournament,” Fein said. “Although we had a successful year last season, ending in the finals left us with a desire and commitment, to accomplish more, something to build on. It just showed that we can really compete with some of the best programs in college soccer.”
Hourahan feels the best is yet to come for Fein.
“Again, we are all so very proud of Jordan, but I think he understands that he still has more to give,” Hourahan said. “I look forward to watching his continued development as a player at SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as a fine young man who will soon come back to this community and affect it in a positive way.”
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