Mike Riopel

  • University: Ulster University
  • Course: Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Club: Ulster University Elks
  • Age: 22


Hello friends! My name is Michael Riopel and I am honored to be a Victory Scholar. I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia—the little peninsula that hangs down from Maryland and is left off most maps. After high school, I ventured up north to Massachusetts and completed my undergraduate degree at Amherst College, receiving a bachelor of arts in Psychology. At Amherst, I was fortunate to be a member of the men’s basketball program. In my four years, the team finished with 3 NCAA tournament appearances, making it as far as the Final Four in 2016. In my final year, I led the team in scoring and was selected to the NESCAC All Conference team.

While in Ireland, I will study in the Sport and Exercise Psychology program at Ulster University. I could not be more excited to earn a masters degree, continue my playing career, experience the adventure of living abroad, and most importantly have a lasting impact on kids in my community through sport. Being accepted into this program has been a dream come true, and my time in Ireland cannot come soon enough!

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My Personal Blog

March 20th, 2019

Goals For The Week: From Modest Mouse

March 11th, 2019

The Iron Throne

March 8th, 2019

The “34th” Scholar

March 5th, 2019

Breaking Down Hoops at Ulster University

March 1st, 2019

Coaching In Belfast

February 27th, 2019

Coaching with Deirdre and Kkbutta

February 17th, 2019

Challenges Abroad

February 6th, 2019

An Old Friend in a New Town

January 25th, 2019

A regular week at Ulster University

January 12th, 2019

Boccia With Sammy

December 28th, 2018

Holiday Adventures

December 5th, 2018

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

November 28th, 2018

Surfing With New Friends