ICE Breakers: Nicholas Rodman
Nicholas Rodman joined Trilogy’s Intensive Club Experience in 2014 and again in 2015. Over the course of those two summers, the Atlanta native was able to build lasting relationships, set career goals, and challenge himself on the field, all while exploring his college preferences and aspirations. With guidance from the ICE program, his family and his local coaches, Nicholas made his way to Lexington, Virginia to continue his academic and athletic career at Washington & Lee University. There, he made an immediate impact on the roster, appearing in 8 games as a freshman and continuing on to earn 3 letters before COVID cut his senior season short in 2020.
Nick’s ICE journey did not come to an end in 2015 though, as he returned to serve as an ICE assistant coach in the summer of 2017. Having an ICE alumni who has already been through the experience on the coaching staff speaks volumes about the culture the ICE program has to offer. We checked in with Nick to see what he is up to now:
What was your favorite memory from your Trilogy experience?
“My favorite memory from my time at ICE beyond playing lacrosse was the fourth of July. In the morning we went to the Under Armour headquarters where we got to work out with Jay Dyer and tour the entire facility. That afternoon we had an awesome cookout and pool day at the Boyle’s house.”
How did the Intensive Club Experience help shape you?
“ICE taught me how important it is to take advantage of and build relationships with great mentors. During my two summers with the program I spent numerous hours discussing and strategizing with Coach Boyle and Coach Belisle about how to achieve my athletic, academic, and personal aspirations. The guidance that I received at ICE allowed me to unlock my potential as a lacrosse player, which ultimately led to the opportunity to play for an amazing school and program at Washington and Lee.”
What made you want to come back and coach the ICE program?
“I came back to coach ICE because of how much of an impact the program had on my development as both a lacrosse player and a person. I was motivated to not only provide the players with the same experience that I had, but also be a resource for them throughout their own recruiting process. Not to mention it was also a lot of fun.”
What have you been up to since graduating W&L in 2020?
“Since graduating I moved to Atlanta and I am working as an investment banking analyst for Citizens Bank in their M&A group.“
Is there anything you learned from ICE that you still use now?
“One of the main things that I learned at ICE was how to think critically about the decision-making process. At ICE this manifested itself in my college search. The ICE coaches showed me how to break a daunting decision down into nuanced pieces and assign each piece a value based on my personal preferences. This method of critical thinking helped me improve how I make decisions both on and off the field and is something that I have used regularly since leaving ICE.”
You clearly have made some great choices thus far Nick, congrats on your success and we look forward to seeing you on a lacrosse field soon!