by Aaron Tandatnick '22
Since arriving at Hotchkiss as a new upper mid, Ethan Vashel ‘21 has left a lasting mark on the culture and members of the Hotchkiss football program.
After Vashel threw three touchdowns in an overtime win against Deerfield last season, head coach Danny Smith noted his mental fortitude.
“I learned that he has a special trait, an ability to keep his focus and poise at critical points in the game. He is confident and always believes the team can win,” said Smith.
Smith’s admiration of his starting quarterback goes past ability.
“His steady work on the practice field, his quiet confidence and his "big play ability" during games have been evident to all of his coaches and teammates. His poise and his love of competition have been infectious," he said
Vashel was elected to serve as team captain alongside Ryan Sellew ‘21 for their senior campaign. Sellew, who was a captain last year as well, acknowledges Vashel’s improvements on and off the field.
“I have seen Ethan grow in every aspect of his game since his arrival at Hotchkiss, but I have been most impressed at how he has developed as a leader. He is respected by all of his teammates because of his work ethic and dedication to his craft,” said Sellew.
As for Vashel, his motivation and energy stems from the company and camaraderie with his teammates.“I credit so much of the person and player I am to them,” he said.
Vashel’s humility and respect for his teammates leads him to hope to share the spotlight with other senior players. “Guys like Ruben Valenzuela ‘21, Jonah Thomas ‘21, Charles Billings ‘21, and AJ Zaccareo ‘21 have all been great leaders,” he said.