UCSB student-athletes are a special group of young men and women who also serve as great role models to the many fans and youth that support them in sports and in everyday life. Each day more than 450 UCSB student-athletes compete in the classroom, compete in their respective sport and give back to the community.
This week's great example is men's water polo athlete, Milos Golic.
Golic, a sophomore from Belgrade, Serbia, is currently working on a degree in Business Economics and was just honored as the Golden Eagle Male Ring Winner for the highest grade point average among all of UCSB's male athletes, 3.85.
In addition, Golic was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Eight First Team, making him eligible for Academic All-America honors.
In addition to excelling in the classroom, Golic thrives in the pool where he became the first Gaucho in more than 20 years to earn First Team All-American recognition. He was also chosen First Team All-MPSF after an outstanding season that saw him tally 82 goals. He also paced the MPSF in goals per game at 3.04.
Recently, Golic was voted UCSB's Male Athlete of the Year at the Second Annual SB Awards and has plans to help the Gauchos win a national championship within the next two years.
He took some time to answer a few questions about himself.
1. Coming from Serbia, how did you end up at UCSB?
Coach Wolf Wigo offered me a scholarship and it was a great opportunity to acquire a high level education and play water polo at the same time. It was definitely a great decision!
2. What has been your biggest challenge moving here?
Leaving all of the people behind including my family, friends and my hometown of Belgrade.
3. What do you like to do in your free time?
Here in the United States I like to sleep and relax because school and practice is very demanding, but it rarely happens as I rarely have any free time.
4. What has been your biggest accomplishment while playing here?
That UCSB has become one of the top teams in the country and the fact that we will be NCAA champions in the next two years. I think I contributed to both of those and that is something I am very proud of. Nevertheless, the job is not finished yet so we need to and will accomplish our goals.
5. Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I am thinking about the game by concentrating on what I have to do in every possible situation.
6. Who is your biggest role model?
He will recognize himself.
7. What has been your favorite class at UCSB so far?
I would definitely say Economics 2, macroeconomics. I took it with Professor Peter Rupert and it was by far the most useful and interesting class here.
8. What is your favorite part about Gaucho water polo?
The challenge not only to play, but also to lead people around. Playing with these guys and just being around them every day is the best experience.
9. If you could not play water polo, what other sport would you play?
A lot of team sports, for example European handball, or maybe basketball, but definitely not swimming! Nothing against it, but swimming is just the only boring part of water polo. To be clear though, I am a big fan of Gregg (Wilson) and his swimmers!
10. The one thing you could not live without is...
There is not one thing. Anything is replaceable except the people I love!
11. Is there any motto that you live by?
"It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed!"
12. If you could pick only one Isla Vista restaurant to eat at, which one would you pick?
Super Cucas! I go there with my friend Zsombor (Vincze) and we order California burritos. No doubt!
13. In one word how would you describe UCSB water polo?
My boys are too complicated and amazing at the same time to be described in one word. They would have to be described in a whole book.
14. What is the most embarrassing moment in your water polo career?
Every single game that we lost was embarrassing. However the loss against UCLA last year was the most embarrassing in our home pool. We will get them back for that one, I promise.
15. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
My grandfather. He died when I was 2. He spent all his time with me and he was very supportive for my parents. So many times I just want him to be there at the banquets or to see me now and be proud.
16. What are your summer plans?
I am counting down the hours until I go home to Belgrade. I think I do not need to say anything else.
17. What is the one thing you miss most about Belgrade?
My girlfriend, Milena.