Senior Spotlight: Matt Rogel


By: Ben Grunert

Senior Spotlight: Matt Rogel

Matt Rogel has produced one of the most impressive college tennis careers in recent GC history.
The men’s tennis star came to GC in the fall of 2018 after transferring from Abraham Baldwin
Agricultural College.

Rogel hails from Sautron, France. He started playing tennis when he was eight years old, and his
favorite tennis player is current world number one Novak Djokovic. After he finished high
school, Rogel moved to the United States to experience the college tennis environment and to
learn English.

“I was planning on only playing for one or two years before going back home, but I really liked
it in the United States, so I transferred to Georgia College after my two years at ABAC,” Rogel
said. “I came here to play two more years of college tennis and to finish my degree in

Three years later, Rogel is pursuing a masters degree in accounting as he plays his final season as
a Bobcat. A shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines last spring, but he returned to the court in
February. After redshirting the 2020 spring season, Rogel has put together a nice 2021 campaign
with some impressive play through the first five matches of the season.

During his GC career, Rogel boasts several accomplishments on and off the court. The 2018-19
ITA Doubles All-American was an ITA Scholar-Athlete every year since he came to
Milledgeville. Rogel was also named to the 2019-20 D2ADAAcademic Achievement List . He
boasts an impressive 43-18 career match record through his first three seasons at GC.

Rogel also played for the GC men’s cross country team in the fall of 2019, showcasing the
endurance that has helped him win so many matches throughout his tennis career. Over the past
two years, he represented the men’s tennis and cross country teams as a member of the Student
Athletic Advisory Committee.

Head tennis coach Steve Barsby praised Rogel for his role as a teammate and leader for the
men’s tennis squad.

“Matt has been a great teammate throughout his time at GC, and he is willing to do the extra
work with players and is always up to practice whenever a teammate asks on off-days,” Barsby
said. “Matt is not extremely outspoken, but his example of hard work and dedication to the
greater goal of the team has been enjoyable to watch.”

Barsby also witnessed Rogel’s growth as a player and person over the past three years. Although
the Frenchman put together a phenomenal on-court career at GC, his great character and humility
will always stand out the most.

“Matt will do very well in life after college,” Barsby said. “His loyalty, work ethic and empathy
for others will take him a very long way.”

Despite his personal achievements, Rogel mainly focuses on the success of the team. As the
number one singles player and team captain, he has taken on a big leadership role during his time
as a Bobcat.

“I want to get the best out of my teammates and to motivate them to be the best version of
themselves,” Rogel said. “I just try to do my part and lead by example. Hopefully, I can inspire
people to do the same.