As a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, Mick Wong accomplished more in just three seasons with the Spartans than most do in their four years at Castleton.
The linebacker from Hartford, Vt. etched his name into six categories of the Castleton football record book and claimed defensive player of the year, special teams player of the year, ECFC All-Conference First Team, and ECAC Division III Second-Team North All-Star honors during his career.
“I was obsessed with being the best player I could be,” said Wong. “It wasn’t really the games that I cherished the most, it was the investment as a whole.”
A quiet leader both on and off the field, Wong was selected as a captain in his senior season and said he valued the respect and relationships that developed in his time as a Spartan.
“My most memorable moment is from the Norwich game in 2012,” he said. “We played on their home field, with their fans, and walked onto the field, arms locked as a family.”
The Spartans went on to battle in a 35-27 victory over the Cadets.
Looking back on his career, Wong said he felt that he was always seen for more than just his contributions to the stat sheet and that his coaches invested in him as an individual.
“They held me accountable as a student, player, and a leader,” he said.
Since earning his bachelors of science in accounting in 2014, Wong has flourished in the professional world as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual. Today, he said he provides financial knowledge and guidance in areas of savings, retirement planning, risk management, and taxes.
“I’m able to use the intangible values I learned from being a student-athlete in my career, like perseverance and understanding that to achieve my goals I need to put forth the right attitude and effort,” he said.