TOWSON, Md. - The Landmark Conference has produced talented student-athletes, and is proud of its alumni. Celebrating the 10th year anniversary as a conference, the Landmark is catching up with some of its alumni, and will be featured each month in the "Landmark Rewind." This week the conference catches up with Brooke Gagliano, former Landmark Conference Player of the Year and two-sport athlete at Drew.
Q. Why did you choose Drew University?
I chose Drew University because I fell in love with the beautiful campus and I was eager to play sports for the University. From the first time I went on a tour around the campus I knew that Drew University was the perfect fit for me.
Q. What did you study at Drew?
At Drew University I majored in business and minored in biology and art.
Q. When was the last time you were back on campus? What are some of the biggest changes you have noticed?
The last time I was back on campus was for the alumni lacrosse game last year. Some of the biggest changes I noticed was that I was getting old and I didn’t remember all four years of students (lol). I also noticed that the athletic field had an awesome banner around the perimeter which I really loved!
Q. How did you get started competing in field hockey and lacrosse?
I got started by getting recruited for field hockey by Felicia Cappabianca, which led me to getting recruited in softball as well by Tammy Evans. After committing to Drew University I started the fall season playing field hockey and the spring season playing softball. After my first year I was very interested in the sport of lacrosse and wanted to give it a try. As my sophomore year spring season came around I decided to try out for lacrosse which led me into playing that and field hockey for the remainder of my college career.
Q. What is your favorite memory as a student-athlete?
My favorite memory is definitely beating Catholic University in field hockey my senior year. That is a memory that I will never forget because Catholic was such a big rival to us in all of the sports at Drew.
Q. What are some of the lessons you learned as an athlete that you think have helped you succeed in life after college?
Some of the lessons that I learned as a student-athlete that have helped me succeed in life after college would be always giving my all no matter what and believing that anything is possible as long as you stay focused and have a positive mindset that you can do it.
Q. What do you do for a living?
I own a company named Frutta Bowls which is located in Howell, NJ. Frutta Bowls is a health foods eatery that offers bowls and smoothies. We specialize in Acai, Pitaya and Kale as the base of the bowl along with fresh fruit and a variety of topping options. I traveled to California a couple months ago and discovered acai bowls which I fell in love with! I loved the concept of the acai bowls and wanted to bring it back to NJ with my own twist. That’s when I opened a health food eatery specializing in acai berries naming it Frutta Bowls (Frutta = Fruit in Italian).
Q. What do you like most about what you do?
I can honestly say that I love going to work everyday. I am surrounded by a great staff and a positive environment constantly. My goal is to bring awareness to others about living a healthy lifestyle while eating a delicious product. This is very important to me because I want everyone that comes in my store to feed off of the positive energy that we provide for our customers.
Q. What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
My proudest professional accomplishment would definitely be opening Frutta Bowls. Before opening Frutta Bowls, I had a personal training company. I have always had a passion for health and fitness but opening a business in the food industry was new to me.
Q. What advice can you give current student-athletes?
I would tell current students-athletes to enjoy their time in college because it goes quick! I would always hear alumni tell me the same thing when I was in college but I didn’t believe them. As I look back I realize how quick the time went and how I would love to go back on the Drew University fields and play another game of field hockey, lacrosse and softball.
Q. If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be?
I would have to say Rudy. Rudy is a phenomenal movie and I would constantly watch it before games in college to get me pumped up and ready to play. I believe that Rudy and I have the same mindset that nothing is stopping us and we will fight to earn a spot on the team and prove to others that we will work hard and give it 100% no matter what.
Q. If you were stranded on an island, what is one thing you would want with you?
If I was stranded on an island I would want to have water. I would try to figure out a way to eat, sleep and stay warm but there is never a guarantee there would be fresh water.