Beyond the Pitch: The Story of a Spartan

Beyond the Pitch: The Story of a Spartan

YORK, PA- We’ve all seen the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) commercials of student-athletes: “There are more than 380,000 student-athletes and most of them go pro in something other than sports,” seems to ring a familiar tune in our ears. 

The extent of the commercial ends there but what about some of the great athletes that go pro in life?

Scott McDowell played for the Spartans from 2002 until 2005. While in uniform for the Green and White, McDowell netted 43 career goals and 96 career total points ranking him 3rd in Spartan history in both categories.

McDowell’s days in a Spartan uniform were highlighted by earning a handful of awards including All-CAC 2nd team honors and Rookie-of-the-Year in 2002 followed by All-CAC first team honors in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The Spartan product also scored his way onto the All-Region first-team as a junior and senior. Toward the end of his collegiate soccer journey, McDowell credits the program’s second Capital Athletic Conference Championship as the most memorable moment of his career.

“We worked very hard for four years to finally achieve our goal of winning the second CAC championship in school history,” McDowell said. “I think that leaving on that high note was very satisfying for me as I was able to see our program grow over the four years that I was there. To be a part of something special and know that I was able to contribute to that was a very special feeling.”

During his decorated run as a Spartan, McDowell worked as a part-time installer for his future and current employer Garrety Glass, Inc. Upon his graduation from York College, McDowell worked as a full time employee for Garrety Glass before venturing into the sales field.

With the short stint as a salesman,  McDowell, a Dallastown Area High School graduate, returned to Garrety Glass in May 2008 in a project administration role before moving into a project manager position. After a period of nearly six months, the Spartan began working as an estimator, a position he has held for approximately a year.

“Being involved in the competitive environment of the York soccer program has allowed me to be successful in my current position,” McDowell said. “For instance, when I’m fighting for jobs in this economy I’ve relied on my background when I’m following-up with customers, schedule meetings, and using the people skills necessary to land projects for my company.

“Fighting for projects can be very frustrating, just like soccer could be at times when things weren’t going right,” McDowell continued. “However when you push through the frustration or problem,  usually there is a solution or reward after the hard work. For soccer, that reward was a CAC championship my senior year.  In my current position my reward is winning the work for my company that way we can keep everyone busy and supporting their families.”

Beyond the accolades awarded on the pitch at York College, McDowell garnerned quite possibly his best honor in the athletic training facility in the old Wolf Gymnasium. That honor came in the form of his newly-wed wife Amy McDowell, formerly Amy Livelsberger of the Spartan volleyball squad. The two wed on June 27 of this year and currently resides in Spring Grove, PA.

“She was playing volleyball and had an injury,” McDowell said of how he met his bride. “We met in the training room at York College, while I was in there to rehabilitate an injury I had suffered.”

In his spare time McDowell stays actively involved with the sport that he grew up playing.

“I watch the newspapers and website to see how the soccer team is doing,” McDowell said. “I have also been involved in a men’s soccer summer league in York where we have won numerous championships over the past couple of years.”

Scott McDowell photo (circa 2003) courtesy of Bob Lenz

Feature story written by Garrett Wampler - York College sports information student intern