Everyday Champion -- Julie Futch

Feb. 27, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -

Everyday Champion - Julie Futch


One of these nights - one of these crazy old nights.


Imagine the women's basketball players walking into their locker room to hear the lyrics to one of the most popular Eagles songs. 


That's what Beaver guard Mercedes Fox-Griffin did one day, prompting her to tell her teammate Julie Futch that she was an 'old soul.'


'My love for classic rock came from my parents (Jack and JoAnne),' Futch said.  'Growing up my mom and dad were into classic rock; my mom loves the song Kashmere by Led Zeppelin.  I remember hearing a lot of Heart and Fleetwood Mac; those type of bands.'


Futch's love for music has led her to dream of one day owning her own music production company, but she also has another plan - to be an elementary school teacher.  That teaching goal has led the Auburn, Wash., native to major in liberal studies with an emphasis on pre-elementary education and behavioral sciences. 


'I love kids, I want to be a first or second grade teacher,' Futch said.  'Being a teacher presents you an amazing opportunity to make an impact in young kids lives.'


Futch, a member of head coach LaVonda Wagner's first recruiting class, has made quite an impact for the Beavers, on and off the court.  She is the team's representative on the Student Athlete Academic Committee (SAAC).  As the representative she helps organize numerous community service events, including the popular Fall Carnival for area kids in late October and is involved in Celebrate Corvallis, an annual community event in January, to name just two of SAACs many endeavors.


'The Fall Carnival is my favorite,' she said.  'We have a lot of fun with the kids, and it gives us a chance to be silly ourselves.'


This young classic rocker has made quite a name for herself on campus, from her achievements on the basketball court to her off-the-court activities.  She epitomizes what OSU's everyday champions program represents and Beaver Athletics is proud to have her represent the school.


Continue to learn more about Julie....


Q. Why do you describe yourself as unique?

A. I'm a little different than my teammates in my tastes in music and my activities.  I love being outdoors - I love playing soccer and hiking, just different things than my teammates for the most part. 


Q. What is your favorite video game?

A. Rock Band.  The whole team is into it -- in fact one night in pregame the whole team played Rock Band to get ready for the game.  It's awesome; we all have a lot of fun.


Q. Why do you say your dream job is to own a music production company?

A. I love music; it would be so amazing to be around different artists.  It would my absolute dream job.


Q. Has there been an influential person in your life?

A. My older sister (Jessica) has worked for everything she has; she would have to be my most influential person.  She got a job when she was 16 and she worked so hard to get where she is (asst. bank manager).  She has always been a person that I could go to if I needed something.  She cares a lot about me and other people.


Q. Has there been a person at Oregon State that has played an influential part in your life?

A. My teammates are very influential for me; they have always been there for me.  They are my best friends; we hang out together even when we aren't in season.   I have lived with Stacey Nichols the last three years - we are like sisters.


Q. Describe Stacey's hobby?

A. She has an obsession with gossip magazines; thus, now I have an obsession with gossip magazines.  Everytime we go through an airport or to a grocery store we hit the magazine rack and try to pick out the one we want to take home and read.


Q. What has been your most memorable experience at Oregon State?

A. Probably when the football team beat USC last season.  It was so fun to see everybody so excited and then run onto the field.  I got pushed aside by a USC player, I thought I was going to get trampled.


Q. What has impressed you about Oregon State since you arrived on campus?

A. The atmosphere around the campus.  The community support for the student-athletes is incredible.  Our booster club - the Rebounders - is a group of amazing people that take an incredible amount of time to make sure we are comfortable.  They put together packages for us after every game; they really show that they care about us and athletics in general.  They are an incredible group of people.


Q. What does it mean to you to have a full-ride scholarship?

A Having the opportunity to have a full scholarship has opened a lot of doors for me.  If I didn't have this scholarship I'd probably be at a community college paying for it myself.  My scholarship has allowed me to have a great education at Oregon State, a place I love.


Q. Describe Coach Wagner?

A. She is probably the most passionate person I have met.  Her love for the game of basketball is amazing.  Everyday she tries to instill that passion into us.  I enjoy going to practice and the games everyday, because I know she is going to give everything that she has to make us better and give us opportunities.


Q. Why should fans come on to see the team play?

A. We work hard, we're competitive and we want to win.  I hope that fans leave the building knowing that we give it our all.





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