AOTW: Dianna Connor, senior soccer player

Why Dianna Connor was selected: Dianna Connor led Lady Colonel Soccer to a 5-3 victory over Marywood on Sept. 9. Her “hat trick” of three goals kept Wilkes unbeaten. Congratulations, Dianna.


Nicole Gaetani

Dianna Connor Senior Soccer Player

Name: Dianna Connor

Year: Senior

Major: Sports Management & Marketing

Hometown: Effort, PA

High School: Pleasant Valley HS

Position: Striker

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

Wilkes was not my first choice, but I wouldn’t picture it any other way. Coach Sumoski was a huge factor in it, I loved the feel of the campus and it wasn’t too far away from home!

Post graduation plans in terms of a Career?

Hopeful to receive a job opportunity in NYC or NJ with a company at headquarters.

Favorite building on campus?

My favorite building on campus would be the UCOM, the business school since I am always there!

How many jolly ranchers do you think you can lift at one time?

If there in bags probably a lot, if were just grabbing, I wouldn’t say a lot because I have small hands!

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

I would have to say the egg.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

I have high hopes for our program to win the MAC.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

I first began playing when I was around 3 or 4. I played a lot of sports when I was little but soccer was the sport that I was allowed to be myself so I stuck with soccer.

Favorite professor?

Anne Batory.

If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

I would improve the grass field, sometimes we have to warm up on it or even split the turf.  I think having two turf fields would be very benefical to every sport, not only ours.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field?

I’m apart of ENACTUS, the sports management club and I enjoy just hanging out with my close friend and spending a lot of time with family.

Most influential person in your life?

I would have to give this to both my parents and my brother.  They all have pushed me my whole life to be the best version of my self, they support me 24/7 and always are my biggest fans, on and off the field.  My brother is a huge help acting like a strength coach for me during the off season. I’ve looked up to my big brother my whole life, he’s my hero.

A quote you live your life by?

“Never be afraid to be great.”

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

Have integrity, be ambitious.

If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?

Without a doubt Victor Cruz.

Coke or Pepsi?

Eh, if I had to drink one, it would be Coke.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

The black bean super food which at Witch Which.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

Of course to my team,  my coach and “eh” Elliot, without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I do