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Release: May 17, 2017
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Catching up with former Monmouth women's soccer player Nicole (Barbante) Ciminiello, a graduate of the Class of 2004

What have you been up to since graduation from Monmouth?
Upon graduating from Monmouth University, I attained my Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in public management. I also received an Administrative Certificate for a School District Business Leader. I currently am the Assistant Business Administrator at the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District in New York. I have worked here for about ten years.

I am married to former Monmouth University Alum and baseball player, Christopher Ciminiello. We have two children Michaela (Age 5) and Christopher Jr. (Age 3). We currently reside in Stony Brook, New York. I still enjoy playing soccer in my women's over 26 league.

What is your fondest memory at Monmouth?
There are so many special memories that it's hard to pinpoint one. The special bonds and friendships that were forged with being on a team and also meeting my husband are very special to me. Although preseason was difficult, it was a great time for the team to be together and we had many laughs. The long bus rides and overnight trips in hotels were always a lot of fun.

If you could travel anywhere in the world next week where would you go and why?
If I could travel anywhere next week, I would travel to Italy for the many historical sites and fine food. My husband still has family there and part of my heritage is Italian as well.

If you could master one skill right now that you don't have, what would it be?
If I could master one skill it would be my writing. I love numbers but despise writing.

If you could give advice to a current Monmouth player, what would it be?
If I could give advice to a current Monmouth player, I would say to seize the moment. Enjoy college and have fun. These are the best years of your life. Also take advantage of all the contacts that you make at school, you never know how they will help you in the future. Try to network as much as possible.

How did your time at Monmouth prepare you for life after graduation?
Being that I played competitive sports full time all three seasons, I had to manage my time between athletics and academics. I constantly was juggling academic classes, workouts in the gym and practice. With my current job, I oversee many different departments within the school district and have to manage my time efficiently to meet various deadlines for my boss, the Board of Education and New York State. Monmouth prepared me very well for this.

Between your former teammates and coaches, who has had the most impact on your life?
Both have had positive impacts on my life for one reason or another. I've learned certain things from my coaches and others from my teammates. I've been able to take bits and pieces from everyone and apply them to the person I am today. I am proud to have been a part of the Monmouth University soccer program, especially to see how it has grown and where it will keep going.

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