Charlie Dankert was a four-year letterwinner for the Belmont men’s soccer team from 2010-2014. He played in 52 games in four seasons as a defender. In addition to his play on the field, Charlie also took on a leadership role among the student-athletes. He was the Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee his senior year and also was the 2014 winner of the Mike Strickland Character Award and the Bruin Pride Award. Dankert recently spoke with BelmontBruins.com about his four years at Belmont as well his life today in Washington, D.C.
Why did you choose Belmont?
Belmont was the best opportunity for me to play Division I soccer and experience a different higher education experience than my peers in Indiana. I truly had that cliché feeling of “this is where I am supposed to go” on my official visit.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
Hearing that my two roommates, Nico Olsak & JJ Mann, both signed to play professionally. Nico was the best soccer player in our conference and JJ was a game changer for basketball. They both deserved a chance at the next level. I am so proud of them both and am there #1 fans!
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont?
Mark Price. Coach Price helped put college, sports, and life into the bigger perspective of being a follower of Jesus Christ. He taught me that playing and living for the glory of God is more important than playing for my school or living for myself.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I learned Jesus Christ is our savior at Belmont. This changed my life forever. I didn’t believe in anything specific before I came to play soccer at Belmont, but the community, especially within the athletic family, showed me the love of God in an undeniable way.
What advice would you give to current members of the soccer team?
Advice for Soccer: Good is the enemy of great.
Advice for Life: Read the bible with others.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. Nathan Griffith. He challenged my perspective on how people live together in community. It’s not knowing what you know, its knowing what you don’t know that is most important.
Where do you live now?
What is your occupation and what does entail?
I am the Manager of Budgeting & Forecasting at the Republican National Committee. My team’s goal is to provide financial transparency for the Republican Party to the public and to help the Republican Party leadership financially plan and execute operations in this Presidential election cycle.
Tell us about your family.
I love my family so much. My parents sacrificed to help put me through Belmont and currently live in Indiana. I owe them more than they will ever know for who I am today. My hard-work ethic comes from my dad and my positivity comes from my mom. I am also grateful for my older sister Maggie. We became better friends during my time at Belmont, largely due to her dedication of coming to visit me in Nashville. She is a world traveler and is using her Master’s degree to help bridge Asian and American cultures.
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