Max Grossenbacher, Colorado College, Men's Soccer

Max Grossenbacher, Colorado College, Men's Soccer

MAX GROSSENBACHER OF COLORADO COLLEGE, a senior middlefielder on the men's soccer team, has been selected the SCAC Character & Community Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Week for the week beginning September 28, 2015.

The SCAC honors the efforts of student-athletes who excel in the field of athletics, and also serve their campus and community.


Many young soccer players dream of becoming the next Lionel Messi. Those who love music aspire to be the next Mozart. College students are driven to change the world through scientific research. 

Max Grossenbacher is making the most of his college experience by pursuing each of those passions, and Colorado College provides the perfect environment in which to excel.
 
Grossenbacher, who started playing soccer as a five-year-old, is best known for his exploits on the pitch, where his remarkable footwork has helped the Tigers post a combined record of 35-11-6 (.731) during his three seasons as a starter.
 
A break-out junior season when he produced nine goals, five assists and 23 points introduced Grossenbacher to the SCAC and the nation. That resulted in him receiving first-team all-conference and second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-West Region accolades.
 
Midway through his senior season, Grossenbacher is tied for 27th place in program history with 17 goals and tied for 30th with 42 points. He also has six game-winning goals, including a pair this year. 
 
Those contributions, along with his work ethic and leadership skills, led to him being voted captain by his teammates for his final collegiate campaign.
 
Away from the field, Colorado College students recognize Grossenbacher as a guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for the band Drunk Uncle, which won CC’s Battle of the Bands in 2015.
 
Just like his soccer career, his love affair with music began when he was very young.
 
As part of a musical family in Austin, Texas, Grossenbacher learned to play a variety of instruments including guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, drums and, of course, the piano.
 
“Music is a big part of my family,” he said. “My dad has been playing the guitar his entire life and he got me and my two brothers into piano lessons when we were very young. As a family, we like to play a lot of blues.”
 
While many of his contemporaries dream of playing on Sixth Street in Austin, Grossenbacher’s dream is to play on 7th Avenue in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
 
Fortunately, Colorado College has provided an opportunity for him to study with a faculty member who knows what it takes to make that happen.
 
Under the tutelage of Susan Grace, CC’s Grammy nominated Lecturer/Artist-in-Residence, who has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the United States and around the globe, Grossenbacher continues to work diligently at perfecting his touch on the college’s Steinway grand pianos.
 
“I chose Colorado College because of its amazing academics,” Grossenbacher said. “Being able to study under Sue Grace and so many amazing musicians in the CC Music Department has been a very rewarding experience.”
 
A fan of the Romantic Era, Grossenbacher’s favorite composer is Claude Debussy (1862–1918), who began his training at the Paris Conservatory at age 11.
 
Much like Debussy, Grossenbacher shares his experiences with young musicians and soccer players by serving as a counselor/instructor.
 
He served as an assistant director with the Paramount Youth Theater Company for a little more than two years, as well as with Westlake Youth Soccer both as a coach and referee for more than six years.
 
“In high school, I loved to work a lot of soccer camps, giving back to the community and the soccer program I grew up participating in,” Grossenbacher said. “Showing kids the joy of playing soccer with their friends and teammates was a great experience.”
 
“I also loved to teach people music. I volunteered at many camps and taught people how to play instruments and how to write their own compositions.”
 
Just as music and soccer are important aspects of Grossenbacher’s DNA, so are his efforts in the classroom.
 
Grossenbacher owns a 3.80 grade-point average as a biochemistry major and is pursuing a minor in music.
 
“I chose biochemistry as a major because as a child, I was very interested in science,” Grossenbacher said. “Biology classes and chemistry classes were by far my favorite subjects to study in high school.
 
“Being able to continue my studies at such as high level at Colorado College has been an amazing experience. It’s opened my eyes to a whole new world and it’s very fun.”
 
His academic honors include earning a spot on the 2015 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District men's soccer team, first team all-West Region accolades from the NSCAA, as well as three consecutive appearances on the SCAC’s Honor Roll.
 
As a team in 2013, the Tigers recorded a combined 3.54 grade-point average and ranked third nationally among squads from all three NCAA Divisions.
 
Somehow, Grossenbacher finds time to volunteer with Food Rescue, a student organization which limits on-campus waste by collecting food and delivering it to organizations such as Marian House and Urban Peak so they can feed the homeless.
 
He also served as a one of the college’s New Student Orientation leaders each of the last two years.
 
After graduating in May 2016, Grossenbacher plans to attend medical school.