CAMP HILL — David Bricker is known for his speed. So it wasn’t necessarily surprising that Trinity’s senior track star quickly made up his mind regarding the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
The state’s Class AA 400 meter champ reached out to the Seahawk coaching staff last year after doing some research on potential college destinations and liking what he saw from UNCW. He made his official visit last November and immediately followed that with a commitment to the Colonial Athletic Association program. He put it in writing Thursday by signing a national letter of intent.
“I had made an unofficial visit in the summer, so I already knew that I had it at the top of the list,” Bricker said. “After I made the official visit I knew I was comfortable there and I knew I liked the people there. We sat down and talked about it. I liked it, my mom liked it, my dad liked it, and so it was a pretty easy decision.”
Bricker was one of six Trinity athletes who signed NCAA letters of intent Thursday during a ceremony at the school. Alongside him were swimmer Samantha Shirtliff (Seton Hall), baseball player Andrew Scarpelli (James Madison), soccer player Ali Basom (Colorado College), lacrosse player Tim Hickey (Holy Cross) and football player Mike Boguski (Bryant College).
Although the college decision has been made, Bricker does have one more track season ahead of him. He’ll have to work hard to match last year’s standout campaign, which included three gold medals from the District 3 championship and the aforementioned state 400 title. That effort was enough to get UNCW to reach a little farther outside its normal recruiting grounds and bring Bricker aboard to compete in the 200, 400 and 4x400 relay.
“It’s a little bit different for them,” Bricker said. “They don’t often go out of state to get kids, but if you look at this year’s class that’s coming in, there are more people from different places.”
Continuing his track career meant Bricker had to close the book on his soccer career. He was named the All-Sentinel Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons, tallying 48 total goals over those two campaigns. He knew his Division I future was in track, though.
“I will miss it,” Bricker said. “That’s how it is, though. You can only play one.”