By Gianna Addario
---- — After helping his Beverly High football team to an undefeated Super Bowl season this past fall, Mike Dooling had been searching for the perfect college destination for himself.
The senior lineman made his final decision about two weeks ago and will continue his athletic career and education at Springfield College in the fall.
“I felt that Springfield had everything I wanted in a school,” said Dooling. “Everyone there is an athlete, which I love, because I’m all about the sports. When I went over for my visit, it was just a great vibe. All the kids were super friendly and I just felt welcomed when I was there.”
Dooling also visited Salve Regina, St. Anselm College as well as Framingham State, but ultimately it came down to Springfield in the end.
A Salem News all-star, Dooling was named the NEC/CAL’s Tier 2 co-Defensive Player of the Year. As one of the anchors on the Panthers’ offensive-line, didn’t want to base his decision on sports.
“My decision wasn’t based on football,” explained Dooling. “I heard from other players that you want to base your decision on the school itself and not on football. I stayed with some of the guys on the team and they seemed like a great group of kids and team to be apart of.”
Springfield had been on his radar since his junior year and Dooling, arguably the best two-way lineman in the NEC, has a good shot at playing next year.
“From what I understand, I do have a chance at playing,” added Dooling. “So it all depends on how much work I put in over the summer. They want me to focus on finishing out my senior year and then get into training after graduation. The coaches were very straight forward about where they see you and how much playing time I could get. They were really great about walking me through the entire process, which was a big help.”