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Sean's Journey Into Statisticds and Spanish

Sean Floersch combined his love for math, sports and language to set a unique path for his future.

BHS grad sean floersch

 

Not every first grader turns on the TV most mornings to watch ESPN and gets excited to hear about the statistics. Maybe it was because both his parents are math teachers, but for Sean Floersch, there is a love of numbers that started early on and even when he tried to push it aside for another option, kept roaring back. This passion ultimately led him on a path toward a career in sports statistics with some twists and turns along the way. 

As a lifelong member of the District 191 community, Sean took advantage of a lot of opportunities from his time in Tiny Tots through his graduation in 2020 as class valedictorian. He became involved with sports early on, later playing varsity soccer and baseball at Burnsville High School (BHS), and discovered a love for Spanish after wanting to learn the language to connect with the family of his best friend who is from Chile.

In seventh grade, Sean was diagnosed with bone cancer, which required 17 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove a section of his ribs. “It was obviously not an enjoyable time,” said Sean. “I have been cancer free now for seven years and it definitely impacted my life, but I really liked the physical therapy and thought that I should try to pursue that to help others. The fact that I was looking forward more to calculus class than chemistry class was a sign that science wasn’t for me.”

Sean continued to participate in sports and as a junior he achieved something amazing on the baseball field when he pitched a no-hitter for the BHS varsity team. In the classroom, Sean dove into AP and College in the Schools classes which expanded his interest in learning more Spanish and gave him a feel for the college-level workload.

All that hard work paid off when Sean was able to graduate high school with enough credits to start college as a sophomore and dive right into his major-focused work. He ended up at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) after initially becoming interested in the school due to its physical therapy program and falling in love with it on a college visit. As he shifted to wanting to pursue statistics, UWL still had opportunities that interested him like the ability to do research projects. 

“I have been part of undergraduate research all three years including an Eagle Apprenticeship under a faculty mentor to explore sports statistics,” said Sean. “I was also able to work with the Mayo Clinic on research data about soccer players and fitness levels to measure workload and intensity after COVID-19 interrupted their seasons. I love research because it allows me to go a step further and apply the knowledge while diving into the data and statistics around sports.”

As he approaches graduation, he is looking forward to what comes next and is planning to enter the world of sports statistics whether it is for medical purposes measuring warning signs of injury, game strategy using analysis or measuring attendance or financial trends. “Sports statistics is a growing industry with new leagues and teams applying statistics to what they do each year,” said Sean.

Through all of the challenges, a few things have remained constant for Sean including his extreme dedication to learning as much as he can and embracing what he is passionate about. 

“My advice for current students is to push yourself in the direction that you want to go in,” said Sean. “Don’t try to do something that is against yourself and go dive into different things through AP classes and find what you want. Explore options that you are passionate about and pursue them fully.”

Don’t try to do something that is against yourself and go dive into different things through AP classes and find what you want. Explore options that you are passionate about and pursue them fully.”

- Sean Floersch

2005

Sean’s time at District 191 begins in Tiny Tots at Rahn Elementary School

1st Grade

Time was spent watching ESPN, not just for the sports, but for the statistics

7th Grade

Sean is diagnosed with bone cancer.

8th Grade

After treatment, Sean is cancer free and interested in becoming a physical therapist, but still interested in math.

9th Grade

Starting at BHS, Sean gets excited about AP and CIS classes, especially math.

11th Grade

Pitches a no-hitter for the BHS Varsity baseball team - “That was something else,” said Sean

bhs grad sean floersch playing baseball with burnsville blaze

2020

Graduates from BHS as valedictorian and heads to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with enough credits to start as a sophomore.

sean with his family on graduation day

College

Sean participates in multiple research projects, applying his knowledge of statistics and analysis to his area of interest, athletics.

2022

A study abroad experience in Spain turns a Spanish minor into a major.

May 2023

Graduates from UWL after three years with a double major in Spanish and Statistics.

The Future

Sean wants to be a sports statistician and live back near the Twin Cities or Eagan.