Nick Weinstein's not a one-trick pony
Nick Weinstein became a soccer goalie by accident, but it was his ability to focus once he settled into the position that led the Trumbull High senior to becoming a star and earning a scholarship at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
“I’ve been in contact with Bryant since the beginning of my junior year,” Weinstein said. “Then I visited a year ago. This past summer I attended a camp there and they offered me on the spot.
“They were my number one choice (ahead of Quinnipiac and the University of Rhode Island) because of location, school size and especially the coaching staff.”
Bryant, after a five-year waiting period, officially moved to Division I this year and posted a 6-8-2 record.
“I spoke a lot with Nate Milette (assistant coach) and head coach (Seamus) Purcell is a straight shooter. He told me he would give me a chance to compete for a spot,” Weinstein said.
“That’s all you can ask. I’m not expecting to be handed a position, I’m just looking to push the starter and compete for playing time.”
Weinstein’s journey received an unexpected start.
“I started soccer at age 12 and was playing the field for a travel team when our goalie broke both his arms (not while playing) and they put me in at goal,” Weinstein said.
“I was kind of short in middle school, and then I sprouted up in eighth grade and started to take the position seriously.”
After two years in travel, Weinstein switched to playing Premier, the last three years with Beachside, a top 10 team that has competed in Alabama, Las Vegas and Disney World.
“My mom (Lorna) and dad (Lloyd) have been great helping me in every way they can,” Weinstein said. “Soccer is a big commitment for the entire family It helps that my dad played at Southern (Connecticut State University).
“Taking charge is very important, because you see the field better than anyone. You have to command the box.
“I played varsity three years, and Sebe (Trumbull coach Sebe Gangemi) started my as a sophomore in the postseason against Staples and we lost 1-0 in double overtime.
“That’s when I knew good things could happen. I began to work out harder on my own.”
Weinstein was the key to Gangemi’s Eagles winning the FCIAC title in 2011, as he stonewalled the Wreckers 2-0 in the final.
“That was a great experience,” Weinstein said of ending Staples’ three-year FCIAC reign. “It’s very hard to duplicate. When I was named one of the three captains along with Tim Johnson and Zach Chase for this year’s team, we knew we would have a tough path.”
Trumbull went 7-7-3.
“This was a young team with two freshman starting varsity and we had kids in every grade,” he said. “We (the seniors) didn’t like to say it, but this was a rebuilding year and we were definitely looking to set the tone for the future.”
Academically, Weinstein is looking ahead to a place in communications.
“I just got a good vibe from Bryant and its communication department,” he said. “I’m the anchor for the Trumbull AV Club and it’s something I could see myself doing going forward.”
While Weinstein has made his name on the pitch, he isn’t a one-trick pony.
He pitched for the Trumbull Babe Ruth 15s that advanced to the World Series in Jamestown, N.Y.
Weinstein is also a member of the Trumbull Concert Choir, the Men’s Ensemble and Chamber Singers.
He sang Homeward Bound, written by Marta Keen and made famous by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, when the locals performed at Notre Dame in Paris, France last April.
“It’s different,” Weinstein of performing on the soccer field and on the stage. “I like all the commotion in soccer.
“I began singing in middle school and did my first solo in sixth grade. Then my voice dropped of course, and I had to adjust to a lower tone”
“When singing solo, all eyes are on you and yes I get butterflies. Then the music starts and it’s smooth sailing.”