Jimmy Fiscus: All About The Team
Spartan Soccer Senior Spotlight
By Cassi White, MSU Athletic Communications Student Assistant
Jimmy Fiscus scored the game-winning goal against Western Michigan in the Sweet 16, advancing his team to its third Elite Eight in five years.
What came next?
Pure elation. An intensity like no other. Sprinting across the field, celebrating with his teammates. Jumping up and down in front of the crowd; most specifically, his parents – his biggest supporters that have never missed a game.
What came before? A whole lot of hard work.
Fiscus’ love for the game began at the age of five, playing recreational soccer with kids that ran the wrong way on the field and were more excited about post-game snacks that all the moms would bring.
His love for the game began then, and it never stopped. Fiscus had a competitive drive that led him to begin playing club soccer at the age of eight all the way through high school.
In high school, Fiscus attended a winter recruitment at Michigan State.
“They kind of took special care with me and talked individually with me and stuff, so I kind of fell in love right away. I knew that this was one of my top options,” Fiscus explained.
His skill, his drive and his leadership were just a few attributes that the Michigan State coaches were attracted to when recruiting him.
Later, he took an unofficial visit to MSU. He visited campus, met the team and staff, and got the feel of what it would be like to be a part of this program.
“I just felt so at home here. I fell in love right away, and I actually ended up committing the next day by calling Damon (Rensing) and telling him I wanted to be a Spartan,” Fiscus smiled.
That feeling never left Fiscus. In fact, it grew, mostly due to his relationships with his teammates.
“It’s special being so close to these guys and knowing that I’ve met my best friends for life,” he said. “Just having that special community means the world to me and I’m just so happy I chose this place.”
The best part is, he and his teammates have a common goal: to win. And together, they know how to.
“I’ve always wanted to be on a team, a winning team, and I would do whatever I could to help. But it didn’t matter what I did as long as everybody’s on the same page, and for the most part we have been and we’ve been successful,” Fiscus said.
The senior defender has certainly been an integral part in the success of his team. Not just with his craft, but with his ability to lead, and his teammates recognized that by naming him captain two years in a row.
“Just the fact that they respected me enough and looked up to me enough to want me to be a captain my junior year was pretty special to me.”
His craft is a whole other story, though, and it’s not just recognized by his teammates.
He was named to the All-Big Ten first team and first-team All-Midwest Regional team, along with being named Co-Defensive B1G Player of the Week. He’s also collected honors from Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
Fiscus started all 20 games this season, and has played 1,877 minutes, second-most on the team. He’s also contributed some offense this season with two goals and one assist.
Not to mention the accolades he earned from his performance in the classroom as well. The Novi, Michigan native is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was also named to the Academic All-District Team by CoSIDA.
His success in the classroom has paid off as graduation is approaching. Fiscus accepted an offer from Bosch in its supply chain management rotational program and he begins in July.
In addition to his academic success, his ties with soccer are another reason he received an offer from Bosch.
“One of my former teammates was at Bosch and the guy that recruited me at Bosch played soccer at Western Michigan, so all of those things kind of tied together,” Fiscus explained. “I’m ready for a new challenge to see where my life can take me beyond soccer, but I will never forget all of the opportunities that soccer provided me.”
The Spartans season may have come to an end against Indiana on penalty kicks last week, but this captain has thrived on his time at MSU.
“It means a lot that I get to be the captain of this team, and I tell them every game `I can't believe I get to see you guys another week' because my time is coming to an end, and I'm cherishing every moment that I can get with these guys.”