Michael Cartularo

Michael Cartularo

Cartularo finds his niche at Lyndon

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – For most student-athletes, the opportunity to leave home and study elsewhere is a welcome opportunity as opposed to remaining home and attending college locally.

But for Michael Cartularo, a 2010 graduate of Lyndon Institute and a senior on the Lyndon baseball team, that scenario has played out well for him and paved the path to a successful future.

“After graduating from LI, I accepted a partial scholarship from Southern New Hampshire University and went there in the Fall of 2010,” said Cartularo, who earned First-Team All-State honors his senior year and was a members of the Vikings’ state championship team in 2009. “Unfortunately I tore my ACL playing for the OEC Kings American Legion Team that summer and they placed me on the junior varsity team because I wasn’t physically able to play on the varsity.

“Things were not working out for me there, and my body wasn’t working the way I wanted it to, so I decided to come back to Lyndon,” he continued. “I was coached by (Lyndon Assistant) Mark Hilton and (Lyndon Head Coach) Ryan Farley as a youth, so they welcomed me back with open arms. I came back that spring, played well and fell in love with the school.”

Cartularo’s return to his hometown has been seamless and in many ways beneficial. Lyndon’s small size and personal touch has allowed him to forge strong personal relationships with faculty and staff while the exposure he has received as a student-athlete has become a source of personal and community pride for him.

“Being a student-athlete here is great because you can get close to the administration, staff and faculty,” he said. “You have to reach out to them to let them now that you won’t be in certain classes due to game and ask what you can do to make up the work. It’s also made me a better person as I am proud to represent my hometown throughout New England. How I represent, myself, my family and Lyndon are important to me and I always try to do the right thing and not be a malcontent.”

In a few short weeks, Cartularo’s collegiate career, both on the field and in the classroom, will come to an end. While many senior’s plans may be still up in the air, he has already forged ahead to build his career beyond Lyndon and still leave the door open for baseball to play a role in the same.

“I am now in the process of securing a position with Fidelity Investments out of Merrimack, N.H., he said. “I have my third and final interview in two weeks and hope to become a financial representative with them. In six months, I will take my Series 7 and Series 63 exams to become a licensed stock broker and, hopefully I can get the opportunity to be a manager or CEO by the time I’m 30.

“However, if I had to do anything, even if it were just to make money, I’d coach,” he said. “I would love sharing my knowledge and being a mentor in the lives of young players. It gives you an opportunity to bring life lessons to young people and whether it gets instilled in them or not, you will know that you have impacted their lives in a positive way.”