From Ram to Bear: Prosperi’s Path Forward Goes Through the Coast Guard Academy

Transferring ON: Just after many years as just one of the key cogs in Southern’s protection, J.P. Prosperi provides his soccer smarts and abilities to the Coastline Guard Academy. (Photo by David Biggy)
John Paul Prosperi learns lessons perfectly. When he was youthful, actively playing for a Stafford Township Recreation club soccer group coached by Dude Lockwood, he listened to one particular of Lockwood’s messages loud and obvious and has been applying it at any time since.
“We had been participating in in a turf event in Tuckahoe, and we were being dropping 4- at halftime,” recalled Prosperi, a working day just before graduating from Southern Regional Significant College past week. “He reported, ‘No matter how poorly you’re shedding, you have to operate toward the fire.’ That is one thing that has stuck with me, and I constantly attempt to watch the fires in lifetime as issues to overcome, but to do that you have to go towards them.”
Prior to previous drop, when the Rams’ boys soccer crew – coached by Lockwood, who has said the difficult, rugged defender is “going to be effective anywhere he goes following Southern” – captured the Shore Convention Course A South division and attained the point out sectional championship to culminate the program’s best period in its historical past, Prosperi had found plenty of “fires.” After all, it wasn’t until eventually his junior season the staff definitely designed into a viable force in the meeting.
“We experienced a large amount of fires in games via my profession,” he said. “But we acquired better for the reason that we ran toward them. The only way to increase is to take on the worries. By the time we were juniors, we experienced sufficient expertise to determine out how to overcome the fires that turned up. That’s absolutely a little something I’ve benefited from and I’m likely to consider with me into the subsequent chapter of my lifestyle.”
At the Coastline Guard Academy – Prosperi’s up coming chapter – difficulties await, starting off with “Swab Summer” early following week.
“I feel I’m prepared for it,” stated Prosperi, who’s likely to engage in soccer for the Division III Bears below head coach Chris Parsons. “Those I have talked to who are there have instructed me it is difficult but not something I simply cannot get by way of.”
A NEW BEAR: Soon after thinking about the selections of a path with a navy academy, modern Southern graduate J.P. Prosperi, flanked listed here by his moms and dads, settled on the Coastline Guard Academy. (Photograph courtesy of Southern Athletics)
A single of these persons J.P. occurs to know is Karagan Bulger, who graduated from Southern very last yr and at present competes for both of those the CGA women’s soccer and track and industry teams – just as she did with the Rams for four years. Interestingly, Bulger and Prosperi have some commonalities in their paths to the academy.
“My mother and father put me in Stafford Rec soccer when I was 3 or 4 and I played on a crew with Karagan,” he stated. “In simple fact, her father and my dad coached us, so we really significantly grew up jointly.”
It is only fitting, then, that Karagan has been equipped to give J.P. some insights on what daily life in the Coastline Guard Academy is like. Alright, not genuinely.
“She hasn’t given out way too lots of secrets,” he stated with a smirk. “You get yelled at a good deal, which I’m not hunting ahead to, but I’ll offer with it. The officers throw your things on the floor and talk to you why the stuff’s all about the spot – points like that. I should really be ready to get as a result of it.”
Rather amazingly, and contrary to his good friend Karagan – whose mother and father had been in the Coast Guard for some many years – J.P.’s preference to go to the academy is pretty distinct than that of his dad and mom, a single who opted for a career in medicine and the other who took up inside layout.
“I’m truly fascinated in history and govt,” stated Prosperi, who will major in federal government at CGA. “My grandfather was in Entire world War II and my good-grandfather served in Environment War I, and I’ve read through a large amount of record all through my daily life. It’s just seriously what I love. Of system, the 1 matter about going to the academy was it is seriously dependent in STEM (science, engineering, engineering and math) fields of examine, so I had to come across the a single or two things I could concentration on.”
Academically, Prosperi graduated from Southern between the best 1% of his class, so he should really fare effectively as a university student at CGA. On the soccer area, the 18-yr-old is a smart, experienced, studious fullback who enjoys the video game, and that, as well, need to make him a very good match for Parsons’ roster.
“Originally, I was pondering about going Division I, and I almost certainly could have played at that degree,” he claimed. “But the more I looked into it – and, with COVID going on, recruiting for Division I was rough – I did not get worried substantially about the point I’d be taking part in Division III. The only matter I genuinely preferred was to enjoy. I was not heading to college or university and not perform soccer. Coach Parsons described the workforce as not great but not horrible, someplace in the center suitable now, so that will work out. I’ll be equipped to contribute when I get there.”
Of training course, even larger than just about anything at CGA – at minimum equal to lecturers but unquestionably much more than athletics – is the commitment to services. When he finishes his 4 a long time with the academy, Prosperi will serve the Coastline Guard for a further five several years.
“It’s not your ordinary faculty, and I like that facet of it,” he reported. “I do not know specifically what I want to do as soon as I’m completed with the academy, but I’m psyched to see what options appear my way. Perhaps I’ll be a sniper on a boat, or possibly I’ll be on a cutter in the Arctic. The 1 main constructive of heading into the academy is that I’ll usually be in the procedure, and I’ll have a assured work when I’m carried out.”
As for a career path at the time his company time has concluded, J.P. has feelings of capturing for some large things.
“Maybe the FBI or CIA, or the Solution Company may be a very good avenue to get,” he mentioned. “Working in the White Household would be fantastic. You have to dream major. I just know I don’t want some sort of average desk work that’s 9 to 5. That is just not my model. But I’m fired up about what’s in advance. It is going to be a new working experience, a new journey, and it’s heading to be comprehensive of troubles. I’m hunting forward to it.”
— David Biggy

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