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- The Laymon Legacy: Soccer is all in the family and all at Green Mountain College
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 07:17 PM
POULTNEY - All in the family. At first the term only applied
to a shared passion for soccer, but that term can now be applied to
the legacy the Laymons are creating by their collective attendance
at Green Mountain College. Starting this fall all three of
Larry and Rebecca's children; Ryan, Nate and Maegan; will be
enrolled in or will have attended GMC creating a strong
representation for the city of Ilion, NY.
Ever since they were young, Larry and Rebecca Laymon's three
children have been involved in soccer. Ryan, their oldest
child, was exposed to the sport when he was six. He took part in
youth soccer while his younger twin brother and sister stood on the
sidelines and watched. Nate and Maegan, through watching
their older brother, would both become interested in soccer as
well, but interestingly it was not the first sport the two boys had
aspired to play.
"I can always remember wanting to play football," said Nate.
"But my mom said it was too dangerous to play."
Larry confirmed that it was indeed Rebecca who persuaded the boys
to play futball instead of football.
For Maegan, soccer immediately became and remains her favorite
"I have been playing since I was four and have loved the game since
then," said Maegan. "My passion for the game keeps growing every
time I step onto the field. Soccer has taught me a lot about
life, from working with people, to being a strong leader, and
knowing what it feels like to be successful."
Part of that success Maegan mentions came last year when she was a
member of the 2012 Mohawk Valley Community College NJCAA National
While winning a national championship fulfilled her extracurricular
interests, Maegan's experience within the classroom was not what
she expected which led her to begin exploring other majors and
other institutions. It was not until late in the spring that she
decided to change her major to Psychology and transfer to
For three years, Ryan had played soccer and enjoyed a life at
college apart from his twin brother and sister.
"The previous coach is a big part of why I was attracted to Green
Mountain," related Ryan. "He was enthusiastic about the program and
had a great attitude that was geared towards winning and getting
the most out of us as players. The campus also had a great feel and
made me feel [at home]."
In his senior year, however, Ryan was no longer the only Laymon on
campus as his younger brother Nate joined him at GMC as a
freshman. For Nate the choice was easy; Green Mountain had his
intended major (Natural Resource Management) and the College also
recruited him out of high school for the soccer team.
Adding to the Laymons who will have attended the College is Maegan
who this past spring transferred into GMC for her sophomore
Seeing an opportunity to have enrolled all three of the Laymon
children at GMC, the admissions office was happy to help admit the
final member of the sibling trio.
"When we learned that Maegan was interested in attending GMC, we
were genuinely excited to assist her and her family and extend the
legacy of Laymons attending Green Mountain College," said Allison
Cota the Senior Associate Director of Admissions. "The
admissions team worked closely with Maegan throughout the
application and enrollment process to ensure her goal of attending
college alongside her twin brother Nate came to fruition."
A recent Sustainable Business graduate, Ryan won't be at Green
Mountain as a student to see his twin siblings compete on their
respective soccer teams, but he believes it is a great opportunity
"It [will be] good to see my siblings go to GMC and have the
opportunities that I had, especially on the soccer field," said
The bond that twins share is usually strong whether that is in
terms of friendship or the innate connection between one another.
Last year was the first time in their lives that Maegan and Nate
had gone to different schools. Now that Maegan has transferred to
GMC, they will once again be together at the same school and look
forward to the experience.
"Being at the same school as Nate will be fun," said Maegan.
"We'll be there to help each other and just hang out. It will
be like living at home again, just without our parents
Nate echoed his sister's enthusiasm saying, "I think that it is
very exciting to have my twin sister attending Green
Mountain. I did miss her my freshman year. I can't wait for
her to finally be on campus and begin enjoying the GMC lifestyle as
much as I do. I feel [that] we will compete with each other on and
off the field."
As with any siblings, there is to be competition, but the Laymons
have thrived on that competition and have put it to good use on the
"For my brother, sister and I soccer is a way to push each other,"
said Nate. "I feel this has made us [into] better soccer
players, and is why we continue to get better. We always
offer advice to one another no matter how mad or frustrated we get;
it always helps us to get better at the game."
Larry and Rebecca shared the same sentiment, relating that when it
comes to soccer their children have always supported each
other. That was quite evident when both Ryan and Nate
arranged their schedules so that they could watch Maegan and her
team's journey to the NJCAA championship last fall.
The parents also shared that they are thrilled to have the twins
both study at Green Mountain. They can continue to easily
coordinate their attendance at both of the twins' games, just like
they did during Ryan's senior and Nate's freshman seasons.
With all three children now having been in its academic system at
one time or another, Green Mountain is proud to be able to say it
can help provide the medium to keep soccer all in the family for