Q&A With Richard Mann

Richard Mann is a fifth-year senior goalkeeper on the 2008 Spartan roster. The San Jose native and graduate of Leland High School is in his second year as a team captain. He has appeared in four matches, with three starts. He recently earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week distinction for the first time in his career, after collecting a career-high 11 saves in a draw at league champion Denver, and posting a shutout victory at Air Force.

The Spartans, now at 8-5-4 overall and an even 4-4-1 in MPSF play, are heading into their 2008 season finale against Sacramento State this Saturday, November 15, on Senior Night. A winner of three straight and unbeaten over its last five matches, San Jose State is slated to kick off with the Hornets at approximately 7:00 p.m. inside Spartan Stadium, after Mann and five senior teammates are recognized.

We asked Rich, a communication studies major with a minor in business who hopes to graduate in May and later attend law school, to be this week’s guest for our occasional website mini-feature here on SJSUSpartans.com, Men’s Soccer Q&A.

1. Who are some of your favorite musical artists?
I enjoy listening to all kinds of music. I like Lil Wayne, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Jazzy B (Indian bhangra).

2. Any favorite movies? Do you have a favorite soccer movie?
My favorite movie would have to be Blood In, Blood Out. As a kid, I would always watch The Big Green. That movie is the best.

3. Do you have any favorite television shows?
My roommates are going to laugh at me, but I enjoy watching any type of reality show.
Usually, I’ll watch any reality show that has some kind of competition in it.

4. What professional soccer teams do you root for? Are there any professional soccer players who you admire?
My favorite team is Arsenal, but I’m also a big fan of the San Jose Earthquakes. Some soccer players I admire are the United States goalkeepers who play overseas, like Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard.

5. Being one of four San Jose natives on this roster, what has it meant to you to represent your hometown and hometown university and have San Jose State written across your uniform these past five years?
It’s been a real honor to have San Jose written across my jersey. My dad, my uncles, and some cousins, have all gone to San Jose State, and having them be able to come back to Spartan Stadium to watch me play, is a good feeling. I don’t think I could ever leave San Jose.

6. Having grown up in this area, what is your favorite place to spend time in around San Jose?
I enjoy living and hanging out downtown, but my favorite place to spend time in San José would be in Almaden. When I’m there, I could visit my family, old friends, or go biking in the hills. It just reminds me of being a kid again.

7. You earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for the first time in your career two weeks ago. Tell us your thoughts on your performance that weekend and about the award.
Throughout my career here at SJSU, I have always wanted that MPSF Player of the Week honor. When my coach gave me the start to play Friday against Denver, I didn’t think about any awards or stats. I just thought about performing my best and getting the win. I had a couple of big saves that kept us in the game, and the boys just kept fighting hard. At Air Force, the situation was the same. I had a reflex save that came off a corner kick, and just tried not to make any major mistakes. As a keeper, when you make big saves, the team gets encouraged to work harder. It really pumps them up. It wasn’t just me that weekend. My team had to run over 200 minutes in altitude that was a mile high. However, when I got the award, I was so happy. Nothing else could really describe that satisfaction.

8. How have you embraced your role as a team captain these past two years and your role as a veteran team leader in general?
I just lived it up as much as I could. I knew it wouldn’t last forever, so I always tried to have lots of fun as a veteran, and to be a role model, friend, and leader, as a captain. I usually had more fun being a veteran with messing around with the young ones. Haha.

9. Can you recall a favorite place you have visited? Is there a place that you would like to visit some day?
One of my favorite places to visit is India. It’s a huge journey to get there, but once I’m there, it’s an escape from everything. A place I would like to visit some day, would be Australia. Although, according to Sam (Shore), I don’t think there is much of a difference from the United States. I just want to see a wild kangaroo.

10. If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would they be?
Three people I would like to have dinner with would be Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and my grandfather.

2008 Men's Soccer Q&A Guests
September 9 - Bobby Jackson, Redshirt Freshman Midfielder
September 23 - Josh Boemecke, Sophomore Midfielder
October 8 - Brent Young, Redshirt Freshman Forward
October 16 - Dan Addiego, Redshirt Freshman Defender
October 16 - Colby Moore, Junior Forward
October 30 - Oscar Monjaras, Junior Defender
October 30 - Oscar Yniguez, Freshman Midfielder
October 30 - Boyah Kaar, Redshirt Freshman Defender
November 5 - Nick Cukar, Junior Midfielder
November 6 - Kachiside Madu, Redshirt Freshman Defender
November 9 - Justin Castro, Redshirt Freshman Midfielder

November 15 - Richard Mann, Senior Goalkeeper