Two sport Bainbridge alumni finds a new home at Villa Maria College

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dominic Douglas can be remembered for his time as a dual-sport athlete for Bainbridge High School. He spent his high school years on the court with the basketball team and in between the goal posts for the soccer team.

Dominic was a gifted high school athlete, but like any kid he had a few troublesome years.

He knew he wanted to get away from Bainbridge, and sport was his ticket out.

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Fast-forward two years and Dominic has found his niche at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New York, doing what he does best; playing basketball and soccer for the Vikings.

After a short stint with Pine Manor College in Boston, Douglas didn’t feel at home. After talking with the coaches at Villa Maria, he decided to head to Buffalo. Not only was he making a jump to a new school, he would be a part of the founding of the basketball program at Villa Maria.

“When Boston didn’t work out, I thought I was going to come back to Georgia,” said Douglas. “I felt like this (Villa Maria) was going to be a good place for me.”

The school and Douglas fit perfectly. Athletic success and a feeling of welcome came when he stepped on campus. While only a sophomore, Douglas is the captain of both the basketball team and the soccer team. He is averaging 18 saves a game on the field and 12.5 points per game on the court.

While the stats are impressive enough, in its second year the Villa Maria basketball program advanced to the elite eight of the Division II National Championship tournament.

“The first year was kind of rough, the second year we improved,” said Douglas. “We had a better work out ethic and everybody bought in and we made it to the national championship.”

Douglas set the school record for points in a game with 31 points this season and led his team to a 18-14 record.

On the soccer field he has made a name for himself, being named to the top 10 goalkeepers in the state of New York.

With natural athleticism and a newly found feeling of home at Villa Maria, Dominic Douglas’ future is bright. The second year program looks to build on their improvements in their third year and Douglas will be an integral part of the equation.

On the soccer field, he continues to train those around him and lead his team to new heights.