Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lineman Builds Fine Resume at Geneva

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lineman Builds Fine Resume at Geneva

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When Brett Alberti graduated from Blackhawk High School, he chose Duquesne University with the goal of attaining an engineering degree.

He also decided that playing football and pursuing an engineering degree would not be possible because both are very time consuming.

After one year at Duquesne, this Beaver County resident made two changes. He decided to move closer to his West Mayfield home to attend Geneva College and resume his football career.

"Beaver Falls is a great place for football, both high school and college," said Alberti, who didn't fully understand that until his year at Duquesne, and a year away from football. "The people who live in this area love football and support Geneva football and the various high school teams in this area. My year at Duquesne made me realize that."

One thing did not change -- Alberti still had the goal of attaining an engineering degree.

"If you like football and engineering, there's no better place to go," Alberti said. "Geneva is a great place to play football. It's also a great place to learn about engineering as well. If you want to combine both, you should go to Geneva."

Alberti, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, has been in Geneva's starting rotation at defensive tackle the past two years.

"Both football and engineering are very time-consuming," Alberti said. "You have to put a lot of work into both to be successful. Being involved in both at the same time really drives you to make the right decisions. You have to make sure that everything you do has a purpose and not be a waste of time."

Alberti is one of 40-plus players on Geneva's roster who are majoring in engineering.

"Engineers are really committed to what they do," Alberti said. "It's great to be around that atmosphere, because it pushes you to spend your time wisely. You have to be committed to be successful in both engineering and football."

Geneva coach Geno DeMarco, in his 22nd year leading the Golden Tornadoes program, agrees that having a strong engineering school has significantly helped his football program, which now competes in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

"During our NAIA days, we competed against [former coach] Gene Nicholson at Westminster, and we talked about the future of small college football. He predicted that we would all eventually be playing in [NCAA] Division III. …

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