Maggie Midgette | Spartans All-Access | Michigan State Volleyball

Maggie Midgette | Spartans All-Access | Michigan State Volleyball


(gentle guitar music)
(wind blows) – Life growing up was interesting for me. So I grew up a military brat, which means I moved every two years through our last years. (guitar music) – I went to the Coast Guard Academy, right out of high school. I graduated with an
engineering degree there, and then I spent most
of my career on ships, like Coast Guard Cutters. I spent 36 years in the Coast
Guard and retired after that. (gentle guitar music) – Our family was a tight-knit family. We would move; wouldn’t
know a whole lot of people. And we just get closer and closer every time
we transfer, I think. (gentle guitar music) One of the pluses of
moving around like that is that our children, both of them, they’re less than two years apart in age. So they’re naturally close. And when we moved somewhere,
they get really close together and it’s built a strong
friendship over many, many moves. It’s been really heartwarming
for me to see that as they both entered their
20s here, they are still very, very close to each other. And I know that that’s a bond. I think, for moving around,
that made it so strong. (bright guitar music) – It was a little different
moving around a lot. I transferred schools
almost every single year. There is one year where it
was nine consecutive schools in nine consecutive years. (gentle guitar music) I mean, that’s all I knew. That’s like how life was. I didn’t realize how weird that was until about 5th or 6th grade where I’m like, this is not normal. (chuckles) Like, we are
not a normal family. (gentle guitar music)
(wind blows) – That first instance when
you’re going to school and you don’t know anybody,
and you’re kinda by yourself. You’re that one person that, you know, is sitting at the lunch table
by yourself or, you know, those are some really difficult
things that kids go through. It taught them to be strong. And it taught them that
they could persevere. And it taught them
great ability to adjust. (gentle guitar music) – A lot of people ask me
if I think it’s annoying that we move every two years. And I loved it. I got a fresh new slate every single year. I got to make, meet new
people; make new friends. And I got to explore the country. Like, I lived in five
different states, I think. And each state had its own
qualities that I really enjoyed and I look back to a lot. (gentle guitar music) – It’s easy when they’re young. When they start getting
older, it gets harder. And the hardest part, I
think, was in middle school and we were moving from Washington,
D.C. to Cleveland, Ohio. Or the other way around; I
can’t remember which it is. And that move had just
really worried me a lot. And I remember talking to
Maggie one night about it. And I was talking to her and asking her what she
thought about the move and that, you know, I was
kinda trying to comfort her that things will be okay on the other end. And her comment to me was,
she goes, “Well, geez dad, “I’m actually kinda
looking forward to this.” (gentle guitar music) – I felt like part of my job
was, is to keep things rolling as a family, as if we weren’t moving. The one thing that I was very adamant about is our kids needed
to be in an activity, and sports was that activity. (gentle guitar music) – I started in third grade. I think I was about 9 years old. But I started at the YMCA level and learned to actually love the game. And decided that was when I
wanted to perfect the game, start getting better. I actually played a lot
of sports before that. And once I tried volleyball
for the first time, I’m like, I’m done. This is it. (chuckles) (gentle guitar music) A lot of my family lives here, so all that moving around
Michigan has always been that home base for me. My whole mom’s half of the
family lives 20 minutes away. So I’ve always been around Michigan State. (gentle guitar music) Having that family link when I came here, that definitely drew me closer
to choosing Michigan State over other schools. (players shout) (whistle blows) – [Mary] When she stepped
foot on this campus here, and it was five minutes; she
goes, “This is the place.” (women shout and cheer)
(gentle guitar music) – My freshman, sophomore
year, my family actually lived in San Francisco. So, they were across the whole country. Didn’t come to a lot of
games; couldn’t make it. But they actually just moved
to Lansing area this past year. So, having them around is
very comforting for me. (woman shouting) (whistle blows)
(crowd clapping) – It’s really a plus to be here. When I retired, one of the
things that I told Mary is that we’re gonna go wherever she wants to. And so we’re fortunate enough to move back here at her hometown, and see her family all the
time, and see Maggie playing, and get to bring her friends
and her family out to the game. Very cool. (gentle guitar music)
(crowd cheers and whistles) (crowd claps and cheers) – [Maggie] You know, it’s
really exciting for them to see, like, what I’ve been working
on the past two years, coz they haven’t been
able to see it before. (players cheer) – You know, one of the
things that’s interesting about this, Maggie going to college, this is the longest
she’s ever lived anywhere in her whole life. And so these relationships
she has with her teammates, because they’re just
together all the time, is really, really strong. (players cheer)
(whistle blows) These volleyball relationships, I think, will be there for life as well. (gentle guitar music) (dramatic percussion music)

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