Roster Series: An Interview with MLL Goalie Adam Ghitelman

September 12, 2016

At WOLACO, we aspire to make great clothing. With The Roster, we tell the stories of the guys who wear it. The places they run, the people they meet, the workouts they do—all the things that give meaning to what would otherwise be just dope active apparel with pockets.

Adam Ghitelman’s a first-rate beauty. He’s a professional lacrosse player, close friend, coach, and a bona fide WOLA Guy.

His proper resume? He’s the Captain and Goalie for the Atlanta Blaze, the Assistant Coach for the University of Utah Men’s Lacrosse Team, and the Chief Marketing Officer at G3 Lacrosse.

Needless to say, we’re big fans of Adam. We love his mentality. He’s a passionate, big-hearted dude who plays and coaches for the fun and love of the game.

Meeting up with Adam at Hudson River Park, we put him to the test with a series of tough, pointed personal questions. We know you’re gonna like what he had to say. This is a guy who approaches each day with an extraordinary gift for positivity.

WC: What’s the first 90 minutes of your day look like?

AG: My routine varies from morning to morning. Within my morning routine you may find me doing yoga, cooking eggs, making coffee, or heading down the beach to paddle around on a surfboard. I love getting a workout in to start the day, whether its a run, lift, or playing wall-ball. Other than that you will find me heading out to coach lacrosse or on my computer getting to work… Early bird gets the worm!

WC: If you could have any person in the world as a mentor, who would it be?

AG: I’m really blessed to have been coached and mentored by great people who continue to be my major motivators in life. Dom Starsia would be my choice. Dom coached me at UVA and is always there for me and his players.

WC: Do you remember the toughest moment in your life? How’d it shape you?

AG: The toughest moment in my life was losing my sister, Sasha, at the age of 28 this past year. It still is shaping me…She lost a battle in her fight against Drug Addiction. This is probably the first time I’ve made it public in an interview. I’m still in the process of sorting through it, but I try and live each and every day… no matter what it entails… to it’s fullest potential. I just want to make a positive impact on the people around me and the next generation of young lacrosse players. I hope to one day start a non-profit to help those with developmental issues. Most importantly, I just want to lead a life Sasha would be proud of.

WC: Why do you work out? Big picture...other than the beach.

AG: I work out for the challenge of pushing yourself past your boundaries. I have set goals for myself both professionally, and personally, and want to shatter them.

WC: What’s a workout every guy should be doing (but which few are)?

AG: Yoga. One of my most challenging activities in preparing for a game. The flexibility, overall body strength, and mindset are invaluable to any aspiring athlete.

WC: What’s a quote that you live by?

AG: Greatness is not what you Have, it is what you Give.

WC: What’s the single most valuable book you’ve ever read? Why?  

AG: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo. I always read this book during transition periods in my life. It offers invaluable life advice through a storyline of a young man searching for his personal meaning. It has inspired me to chase my dreams.

WC: If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?

AG: Stay humble and never be satisfied. Have fun on the big stage.

WC: They say you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. What characteristics do those people have in your life?

AG: I recently read an article passed on to me by Utah Head Coach Brian Holman. It was about his former coach at Johns Hopkins, Henry Ciccarone, or Coach Chic. A former player described him as  …"To me, Chic as I and so many others have stated, was the Best of the Best. Intense, Passionate, Driven, Innovative, Creative, Perfectionist, Loyal, Trustworthy, Generous, Supportive, Collaborative, Caring and above all a WINNER…” Having the chance to work with Brian Holman, Marcus Holman, Will Manny, David Neelemane… I think they all exemplify these characteristics.

WC: What’s the best (affordable) purchase you’ve made in the last year?

AG: A wetsuit from ET Surfboards in Hermosa Beach, CA.

WC: What keeps you up at night?

AG: I sleep well. My dreams though… they need a psychoanalyst, a Buddhist, and a Tarot reader.

Adam’s Pick: The Fulton .75s.

You can follow Adam's journey on Instagram

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