When Brent Hauck found a book titled “Duty, Honor, Country” in his room in fifth grade, he had no idea this book would not only provide an interesting read but would also give his life direction at an early age.
The book gave Hauck a glimpse of the Army and his love for West Point grew exponentially.
What began as a story in a book recently became the story of Brent Hauck when he announced his commitment to play Division-I lacrosse for the Black Knights after high school.
Im proud to announce my verbal commitment to play Division 1 lacrosse for Army West Point. Thankful for everyone who helped me! #BeatNavy
— Brent Hauck (@brent_hauck) June 25, 2015
Because of his childhood love for Army after reading this book and attending a football game in sixth grade, it was an easy decision to make when he received the scholarship offer.
“It had been my goal (to go to West Point) even if lacrosse wasn’t a factor,” Hauck said. “So there was never a question that if they offered I was going to accept.”
And when the childhood dream finally came true in October, Hauck wasn’t sure how to respond.
“It was unreal,” Hauck said of comitting in Fall of 2014. “Really no words to describe how I felt. I kind of just floated through the whole day, but it was the best feeling in the world.”
Hauck said that he also received interest from the Air Force, which he said he would have enjoyed. He also said if Army hadn’t worked out, he would have committed to play for the Falcons.
But, Army did of course work out and his commitment in October of his freshman year marks the earliest any Lakeville North lacrosse player has committed to a college in the program’s history.
“I couldn’t be more thankful that the coaches at Army put this faith in me so early,” Hauck said.
With this early commitment, Hauck still has three years left as a Lakeville North Panther. But he isn’t about to lose sight of the bigger picture.
“I am on the way to accomplishing my goal, but it also serves as a reminder that I need to continue to work hard both at academics and sports to be able to act on this opportunity,” Hauck said.