• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 30 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 161 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Carly Stratbucker

Senior, basketball

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Hometown: Fort Calhoun, Neb.

High School: Fort Calhoun

Why Central?
I chose Central because I wanted to go to a small school between one and three hours away from home where I could study business and Spanish, play sports and be involved on campus. I visited eight or nine other schools, but I loved Central.

You are majoring in Business Management/Spanish because…
I pursued a business major because I like how it is a combination of theory, management and creativity. It is a career field where I can work with people daily and be creative in nearly everything I do. I also decided to pursue a Spanish major first and foremost because I love the language, but also to make me more marketable when pursuing a career.

Who is your favorite professor?
Professor Campbell. He is truly an amazing teacher and mentor. Every class I have had with him not only teaches the theories and textbook practices of marketing and business, but also professional development. All of his classes are filled with work-like situations that challenge and prepare you. He goes above and beyond to help students succeed.

What is your favorite Central College memory?
My favorite Central memory is studying abroad in Granada, Spain during the fall of 2012. I had the opportunity to go to the university there, live with a Spanish host family, and travel to seven different countries. It was a life-changing and eye-opening semester, and I can’t wait to travel again.

Why do you love basketball?
I started playing basketball in first grade and my love just grew stronger each year I played. For nearly four or five years during elementary school I couldn’t fall asleep without a basketball in my arm. I just love everything about the game: the competitiveness, the fight, the passion.

What do you love most about being a member of the Central Dutch basketball team?
My teammates and coaches. They are family to me and I care for all of them dearly. When we are all together, it is always an adventure full of laughter and stories. My team is filled with amazing individuals and I love being with them.

Which teammate is most likely to make a game-winning, half-court shot?
I would choose Jessy Stika. She is a baller and has quite an arm. Sometimes a few of us practice shooting half-court shots before practice and Jessy makes more than anyone else.

What does it mean to you to be voted a captain of this year’s team by your teammates?
It is truly an honor to have been voted team captain by my teammates. I love my team and would do anything for them and I am just honored that they see me as a leader. 

What is the coolest thing about the Central’s new Under Armour uniforms?
They are really comfortable and breathable. We love them!

What is one thing people do not know about interim head coach Chelsea Petersen?
First and foremost, she is really down to earth and easy to relate to. Second of all, she is also a genius, receiving a 4.0 in both undergrad and grad school.

What is your favorite activity to do in your free time?
I love to scrapbook and run when I have free time. I am a very creative person and scrapbooking allows me to express my creativity and make memory books of my past. I also love to run. I picked up running abroad and, ever since then, I have a need to run daily. I competed in my first half marathon in September and I am running my second in May. I find running really relaxing and fun. 

What is the biggest difference between Nebraska and Iowa?
Nebraska, or “The Good Life,” is home.  Fort Calhoun is located 8 miles north of Omaha and is only 10 minutes from the Iowa boarder. Iowa and Nebraska are pretty similar, but I might have some biases. I think Nebraska has more things to do (Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, College World Series, Lincoln) and has better corn (particularly the corn my Dad grows on our farm).

Who is your favorite basketball player of all time?
My favorite basketball player of all time is Jon Scheyer, who formally played for Duke and now is an assistant coach at Duke. Jon Scheyer had the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country when he was playing, plus he was a member of my favorite team of all time (Duke). He is very humble, hardworking and shoots lights out. I just love how he plays and he really helped seal the NCAA Championship Duke won in 2010. I had the opportunity to watch him play in Spain before he returned to coach at Duke. I also got to meet him after the game, chat, take a picture and get his autograph.

Who is the one person, past or present, that you’d like to have lunch with?
I would love to have lunch with Coach K. He is a phenomenal coach and a big part of why I started to like Duke back in second grade. It would be an honor to meet him.

“This season I hope that…”
This season I hope that we win the conference tourney and show other teams in the Iowa Conference that Central College women’s basketball is here to compete and win!

Bucket list (list items that you want to do/accomplish in your life)
Skydive
Go to a Duke/North Carolina game at Duke
Meet Coach K
Visit all 50 states
Travel in every continent
Get married
Have a family


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