RMAC Academic Profile #4: Fort Lewis' Rasmus Bach

RMAC Academic Profile #4: Fort Lewis' Rasmus Bach

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The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) is proud to present a series of RMAC Academic Profiles, which will be released throughout the school year. Each month, an RMAC student-athlete will be featured in a story, highlighting their success inside the classroom. The conference's goal is to recognize the student-athlete’s dedication to academics, involvement within the community, and overall achievements as a student-athlete.
 
Academic Profile #4
Rasmus Bach
Fort Lewis | Men’s Basketball
 
5718Very few people grow up under the wing of an Olympic athlete. For Rasmus Bach, athleticism was in his blood and the will to succeed in his craft and (sports administration) became the goal after college athletics.
 
Rasmus’ parents were former European handball athletes who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The family moved from Demark and would spend a little over 10 years in Australia, before making their final trek over the Pacific to the United States in 2008, when Rasmus turned 12.

“Watching them go through that when I was five-years-old and seeing them now as two hard-working parents with full-time jobs” said Rasmus, “They just always instilled in me that no matter how good or talented you are, it will always come to an end one day.”

Looking to carry on his parents' legacy of athletic excellence, Rasmus has always wanted to be a basketball player for as long as he can remember.
 
“Started playing [basketball] when I was seven years old in Australia and [I have] stuck with it very heavily ever since.”
 
After moving to the states, Rasmus attended Anderson High School in Austin, Texas. During his high school years, he led the team to the Elite Eight in Texas 5A during his senior season.
 
“[That] was very big for my high school, not being known as a basketball school,” he said. “It was nice to put our high school on the map a little bit.”
 
When it came time for college, Rasmus submitted many recruitment letters, with Texas State University in San Marcus, Texas showing interest in his talents. Soon after making a campus visit to Texas State, the Head Coach at the time was released.
 
“I was just kind of stuck there without a team, maybe thinking that I would have to play another summer of summer ball to try and get an offer.”

About a week after the Texas State offer fell through, Rasmus received a call from current Fort Lewis College Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Bob Pietrack.5721
 
“The first phone call he basically offered me a scholarship,” said Rasmus. “He said he watched me and had seen me, but thought that I was going to Texas Tech, which I wasn’t.”
 
That was the moment when Rasmus knew he would be able to excel in athletics and academics with the Skyhawks. Moving nearly 1,000 miles away from home is a hard move to make, but Fort Lewis’ community made it easy.
 
5725“It’s very hands on here at Fort Lewis, a family community,” explained Rasmus. ““[Especially] being away from my family. My whole life has just been my Dad, my brother, and my Mom. So, having someone to lean on like here at Fort Lewis, you always have professors available, it’s very [comforting].”
 
On the court, Rasmus has had a fantastic five years as a Skyhawk. He helped lead the program to two regular season championships and an RMAC Tournament championship in 2016. Rasmus has also received many accolades during his time at Fort Lewis. These accolades include being named to the RMAC All-Academic First Team for four straight years, named to All-RMAC First Team twice and Second Team, named to the D2CCA All-Region Second Team, named to the NABC Honors Court twice, named NABC All-South Central District First Team, and received Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention honors.
 
“I have been very blessed this whole long journey,” said Rasmus.
 
Everybody knows athletics at the collegiate level is only half the battle. For student-athletes, academics are a vital complement to their athletic pursuits in order to have a successful career.
 
Like most students who enter college, finding the right major takes time, patience and commitment. Rasmus initially had hopes of pursuing computer science until the program was cut during his first year. Looking for another major that interested him, he tried out accounting, but after striking out, Rasmus harkened back to his international childhood and decided to try out International Business. But he realized that despite his upbringing, it wasn’t for him. Eventually, Rasmus found his niche and decided to pursue Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Administration and a Marketing minor.5723
 
“I don’t think anyone truly know what they want to do, some few people [might] but they are set on that,” Rasmus remarked. “I think just coming out of high school it is important to take a bunch of classes in a bunch of different fields, because you don’t know what you will enjoy until you get into it, start reading about it, and get hands-on.” Rasmus expressed, “I have just really loved this major. Sports Administration has definitely been a big love of mine.”
 
Through his studies, Rasmus has been able to balance being an elite student-athlete in addition to accomplished student off the court, garnering a 3.55 cumulative GPA going into his final spring semester. Rasmus says that the key to his success was to manage his stresses.
 
“I tend to be an overstresser, I see this big pile of work in front of me, even with basketball when we have two big games coming up,” expressed Rasmus. “[He would always tell himself to not] overthink things, I think God wouldn’t have put these things in front of you or put you here if he didn’t know what you were capable of.”
 
Complementary to his studies, Rasmus had the opportunity to work as an intern with Skyhawks Athletics and specifically under the direction of Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Lynne Andrew. Rasmus’ focus during his internship was to work with Compliance Assistant and the Academic Portal, NCAA programs that help to keep track of all student-athlete’s information.
 
“I didn’t even feel like an intern, I felt like an employee. I had my own little projects to do and stuff to keep her timetable keep moving,” said Rasmus. “That was my big responsibility, to go into those programs and to learn them. [I had] to put in a student-athlete and start plugging in their information like where they are from, their GPA, their credits transferred.”
 
5728Rasmus was also tasked with several side projects that he worked on during his time with Lynne, one of which was to look into revamping Fort Lewis’ Faculty Appreciation Night.
 
“We have Faculty Appreciation Night at our games, but it’s more of the student-athlete gets to choose the faculty they want to honor, you just give them a plaque, and they watch your game and that is it,” Rasmus said. “So I kind of had a little project to come up with some ideas to improve the faculty appreciate night, give them some food, what events they should come to, how many people can we hold.”
 
The other project that Rasmus was able to manage was a project focused on helping to expand the Student Life Center at Fort Lewis.
 
“Lynne put me on the committee and I was able to [attend] some meetings, talk to some of the Fort Lewis higher-ups on what their ideas were and [was able] to put some input in, got a couple questions answered that Lynne had as well, like if our student-athletes could use their facilities more often and [other things of that sort,” added Rasmus. “I just got a lot of all-around experience in the athletic department and that is definitely something I could see myself doing one day, once I am done playing is working for an athletic department.”
 
Rasmus’ internship experience allowed him to apply his studies in a real-world environment and provide him with applicable experience within the sports industry.
 
“Just being in different cultures and different countries you learn to respect a lot of different people’s opinions and their beliefs.”
 
Rasmus’ athletic and academic involvement at Fort Lewis were valuable experiences and he truly cherished his five years in Durango.
 
“Just being here at Fort Lewis [...] You really get that one-on-one experience and I think that is why I was so comfortable changing majors because I knew I would have someone, a teacher or advisor that I could always get in contact or meet with, easily within a day and get answers back,” Rasmus expressed. “I have had a great learning experience here academically, in all different fields and I am very happy with the major and minor that I will be walking away with this April.”5724

After walking the stage, Rasmus plans to head overseas to play basketball professionally for as long as he can.
 
“Dream in mind is to represent the Danish National Team in basketball, I am still a Danish citizen, so I am really hoping for that opportunity.”
 
Knowing the true value of his academics, Rasmus plans to eventually continue his education and receive a graduate degree in the future.
 
“If I have the money and the time, I would like to get my master’s where ever I am in the world.” “Continue [my] education, I think that is really important for people to continue to learn and continue to develop,” said Rasmus. “If you put the work in and work hard, things are going to pay off.”