Coach Angie Correia and Lindsay Wielgus
Meet Lindsay Wielgus, ‘20
From Shy to Confident Thanks to Being a Student-Athlete
Soccer is my world. I played all four years at Cranford High School and on a traveling team. I first met Union’s head soccer Coach Angie Correia through the traveling teams’ network. Coach Correia tried to recruit me to play for Union, but I wasn’t planning to play soccer in college and had already decided to attend St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
In the weeks after my high school graduation, I realized that I wanted to start college closer to home. I was familiar with Union, so I enrolled a few weeks before the start of the semester. I called Coach Correia to ask if I could be the team’s manager and instead, wound up joining the team. My first semester was a difficult adjustment for me as a student-athlete. I had to learn how to balance my time between my schoolwork, practices, and games, and I was playing in a new position – outer midfielder. I came to Union as a quiet and introverted person which added to the challenge of fitting into my new environment.
Thanks to Coach Correia I survived my first semester. She’s more than my soccer coach; I consider her my mentor. She helped me adjust to college life and taught me how to prepare mentally for our games and my exams. She has an incredible work ethic and taught me how to build mine, which led me to have an excellent second semester. Thanks to her encouragement, I’ve learned how to better assert myself.
I love Union County College, the faculty and staff, my classes, and especially the strong and resilient women on the soccer team. I’ve played on many teams in the past few years but none have been like my experience at Union. I believe it’s thanks to Coach Correia’s guidance and leadership. As a team, we are in sync with each other and communicate well on the field. That’s why we made it to nationals in Chicago this past fall and took third place. And I was so excited when I was named to the national tournament team. As a returning sophomore this year, I plan to help lead the team so we can return to nationals and come home as the champions.
Angela Correia is a Student Services Generalist in the Office of College Life and serves as the Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer Team. She joined the team as the assistant coach in 2012 and has served as head coach for the past two years. During this time, she had two incredible seasons and led both teams of talented student-athletes to national competition. Coach Correia is committed to her craft, which is seen in the success of her team. Coach Correia holds a Bachelor of Science in athletic training from Dominican College Blauvelt and as a student-athlete she was named Rookie of the Year. Before joining the staff at Union, she played for two professional teams.