Deanna Ruggiero

[Deanna graduated from Peabody HS in May. She played soccer in the fall and ran track in the winter and spring. She attacked her high school sports with enthusiasm and focus -"From playing in the D1 North Finals to competing at States and other invitational track meets, I enjoyed my 4 years of athletics at PVMHS."

She graduated with an academic rank of #7 in class of over 400. Next stop academically and athletically - Babson College.]

GTD: Deanna, how many summers did you train in Coach Braz's program? What got you started doing it?

Deanna: I trained in Coach Braz's program for 8 years now, starting when I was 10. My soccer coach, Mario Alves, suggested this training to our team, so we all started doing it together.

GTD: How does the program help you?

Deanna: Specifically for this year, I was training for college soccer, and all of Coach Braz's exercises and drills help both in the physical and mental aspects of conditioning. For athletes like myself, Coach Braz designs specific days during camp that are geared towards soccer, so all of the explosive speed drills with the ladders and mini hurdles help tremendously.

GTD: How do you keep your focus during the drills?

Deanna: It is very easy for me to focus during the drills, no matter how difficult they may be, because I love being there with my teammates and other athletes who push me.

GTD: Are there any drills you love? Do not love at all? Why?

Deanna: Personally, my favorite drills involve the agility ladders. Another one of my favorite parts of camp is the core sessions we do with Coach Zack!

GTD: How do you handle nutrition on Brazcamp mornings?. It's the heat of summer, you're starting at 9am and you 90 intense minutes of work.

Deanna: As an athlete, it's important for me to stay hydrated, not only the morning of, but days before. I usually wake up an hour and a half before camp to drink and eat. Before camp I am not a big eater, so I usually have a protein or granola bar.

GTD: Do you plan to play a sport in college?

Deanna: I am playing soccer at Babson College, something I am super excited for!

GTD: Do you know yet what you'll focus on in college? A major? Long range plans after college?

Deanna: As for my education at Babson, I will be double concentrating in Finance and Economics, as well as a minor in Italian. While I am there, I hope to study abroad and explore the different clubs and activities my school has to offer.

I just want to say GTD is the best program in our area in every aspect of training and conditioning. Coach Braz and his staff will do anything to watch us athletes succeed, no matter the circumstance. I feel that as a college athlete I am prepared for my preseason, thanks to this camp.

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