August 15th, 2012

"20 Questions" with Dominic Perronie

Staff Report

"20 Questions" with Dominic Perronie
Photo Courtesy of Bellarmine University

Holy Cross alum thriving and setting records at Bellarmine

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 questions that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. To see past editions of "20 Questions," visit:

Dominic Perronie

Major/minor: Communications with minor in Sports Studies

GPA: 3.7

Individual achievements: All-Conference cross country runner and Bellarmine freshman record holder for the indoor 3,000m, indoor 5,000m, and outdoor 10,000m.

1)    How did you choose the college you attend?

I chose Bellarmine University for many reasons. Among them include: an extremely strong academic program, the already talented cross country and track & field teams that I felt I could make an immediate impact with, the great coaching staff, the location (park vicinity), and the facilities.

2)    What is your favorite part of college athletics?

I love the closeness of our team and being able to train with other runners who have the same passion for the sport as I do. Traveling and being able to compete with some of the top talent in the country is also a great way to run faster and raise the performance bar. The level of intensity is simply higher than what one can receive in high school athletics.

3)    How do you balance academics and your sport?

Balancing academics and sports is difficult at times and can cause for some stressful moments. However, good time management skills will allow for both sides to excel, especially if you start on your assignments sooner rather than later.

4)    What is the hardest part about being a student athlete?

I really enjoy being a student athlete and couldn’t imagine it being any other way; therefore, it is hard to come up with the “hardest” part. Although, maintaining good grades can be difficult in the post-season since my mind is, often times, more focused on that aspect.

5)    What do you do for fun when you aren’t in class or at practice?

I’ve had a girlfriend for about two years now so any free time that I manage to find usually goes to spending time with her. Other than that, hanging out with the guys on the team is always a blast and of course I have some old high school friends that I enjoy hanging with as well.

6)    What is the best characteristic that you bring to your teammates?

I like to think of myself as a leader. I try to lead as an example and show the guys what I think will make them the best runner they can be. I’ve also never met a stranger so I can pretty much get along with everyone and make everyone feel comfortable. Having fun amongst the team is a key ingredient to running fast.

7)    What does your team do as a pre race ritual?

Before races, we do the obvious warm up run on the course to try and learn the terrain as much as possible. Immediately before the race we have a team huddle, say a prayer asking God to help us throughout the race, and shout a loud chant to get us fired up and ready to go!

8)    What music do you listen to before a race?

Hip-hop and classic rock.

9)    What role does your faith play throughout school, races, and practice?

I’ve been raised in a Christian household and I have always been taught to put my faith in God and He will see me through any situation.  This faith helps in all areas of my life including school and running.

10)    Favorite pro team to watch?

Cincinnati Bengals.

11)    What is your coach’s best quality?

It is hard to name just one quality since there are so many, but Coach Vargo is super easy to relate to and he understands the sport of running better than most coaches out there.

12)    Why is a team captain(s) so important to the team?

A team captain is crucial in leading the team and guiding the younger guys. Everyone on the team should feel comfortable when asking the team captain for advice.

13)    How does your team handle defeat? What do you say to your team after a tough loss?

In our sport it is not realistic to “win” every single meet due to the amount of teams in every race but our goal is to compete for a Conference Championship every year and to try and qualify for Nationals. When we do not win Conference or qualify for Nationals it is obviously a huge disappointment and I like to talk to my team about what we can do better in order to achieve the goals we set next season.

14)    What is your favorite pre race snack?

Granola bar.

15)     Favorite movie quote?

Ron Burgundy: “I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” -Anchorman

16)   What advice do you have for young student athletes as they decide where to go to college?

Make sure your college choice is based on the university as a whole and not one aspect. A well rounded college will make for the best experience.

17)     Best smart phone app?

Words With Friends!

18)     How do you think your involvement in college sports and academics will benefit you when you begin to look for a job?

I want to be a coach or be involved with running when I get older, so being on the team for four years will allow me to make strong connections with people who are already very successful in that field. The academic side will give me the credentials I need to be successful.

19)     What does it mean to play athletics for a Catholic college?

It is a huge honor to be on an athletic team at Bellarmine and I strive to make my school proud with my athletics.

20)     What is your proudest athletic achievement?

Winning the Kentucky State Cross Country Championship as an individual my senior year in high school is my most proud achievement thus far; however, I plan to accomplish greater achievements in the near future with my team.


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