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By Andrew Mindeman '12 / Director of Athletic Communications
Amy (Smrcina) Feigl '07 helped lead the Covenant women's soccer program through some of its best seasons during her time on the pitch.
Now she is helping lead her family and the next generation of soccer players.
A 2007 graduate of Covenant, Feigl is currently the Director of Operations for Inter Atlanta FC, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the culture of soccer in the Atlanta area. The organization runs programs for recreational, academy, and select players for ages 4-19.
A wife, mother of four, and a full-time professional, Feigl still fondly looks back at her time at Covenant.
"Covenant really is 'in all things Christ preeminent' and that is what I learned and has prepared me most for what I do today as a wife, mother, employee, sister, daughter, and friend," said Feigl. "I saw first-hand how friends, teammates, and coaches were truly living for Christ by putting him first and that was intriguing and attractive to me. All the credit is to the Holy Spirit's work in my life, but I know that Covenant helped prepare my heart for that work."
While a Lady Scot, Feigl was one of the top midfielders in program history and instrumental in Covenant's dominance atop the Appalachian Athletic Conference from 2003-06.
During those four years, Covenant won three AAC regular season championships, two AAC Tournament titles and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in program history. Covenant went 50-17-6 (.726) during this stretch, the third-best winning percentage by a four-year class in program history.
Feigl was a three-time NAIA All-American as she earned honorable mention in 2004, third team in 2005, and second team honors in 2006. She was a four-time All-AAC honoree, including three first team selections, was named the conference's Player of the Year in 2006, and earned Freshman of the Year in 2003.
From learning and reciting the team Bible verse (Titus 1:2, which remains the team verse) to sharing moments of laughter with head coach Mark Duble and friendship with teammates over the course of a long, grueling season, Feigl recalled some of her favorite memories as a Lady Scot.
Feigl was a part of one of the top comebacks the program has produced in its 26 seasons. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the second half to Virginia Intermont in the 2005 AAC Tournament championship, she scored the match-tying goal late in regulation and then produced the game-winner in overtime giving the Lady Scots the title.
Since graduating with a degree in business, Feigl worked in numerous jobs before landing with Inter Atlanta FC almost 10 years ago. In her current position with the organization, Feigl oversees all communications, camps and clinics, and financial aid among other duties.
One thing that has stuck with Feigl from her time at Covenant to her current position? Covenant's stance on competition on Sundays, something the college continues to this day.
"We never practiced or played on Sundays," Feigl added. "As a director of operations, I now know that it's probably at the very least a logistical headache to put the Lord's Day above sports, but it's a priority and one that shapes me even today."
Feigl's impact on the Covenant women's soccer program can be seen throughout the record books, but does not compare to the impact the program -- and the college -- made on her.
"I say it often, and I mean it every time, but if I had to choose to do it all over again, I would make the same decision to go to Covenant," Feigl added. "My faith is not the same because of Covenant College and that is a good thing and all glory is to the Lord!"
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