When Noah Cirisoli was deciding on where to attend college, he took many things into account. Close to home, academics and most importantly, where he can continue playing the sport he loves, football. Little did he know that being a member of the Westfield State football team would help him form a bond that goes well beyond the field.
Cirisoli, is a junior from Ansonia, Connecticut and is working towards his degree in movement science. Some of his favorite classes so far have been anatomy and physiology especially the intricacies of the human body while psychology also provided a new learning opportunity. Following graduation, he hopes to remain at the college level as a strength and conditioning coach.
As a member of the football team, Cirisoli had a unique chance to be a member of a research study on campus. During the study, the student-athletes used resistance bands while performing squats to see how efficient using them during the exercise could be. It proved to not only be a team bonding experience, but it helped him see results with his personal best going up.
Outside of class and football, Cirisoli is a member of the exercise club and the Westfield State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). One of his favorite events that SAAC participated in over the last few years in the Massachusetts Special Olympics Flag Football Tournament. Having the opportunity to teach the Special Olympians the game he loves has meant to world to him and will hold on to those memories forever.
Growing up in Connecticut, it was only natural for Cirisoli to be a New England Patriots fan. Some of his favorite players include Willie McGinest, Matt Light and Tom Brady. However, it was his high school football assistant coach Bruce "Pops" Howard who made the biggest impression on him. He taught Cirisoli how to be a leader both on and off the field and was always there to coach him up to be the best football player and person I could be.