Player Profile: Louis Crisfiano


Louis Crisfiano, junior business major and #25 on the University of Dallas men’s basketball team, was inspired to play basketball by his father and has been playing since kindergarten. Once he discovered his love for the sport, he wanted to take advantage of the time he had to play it. 

Crisfiano committed to UD for the Catholic liberal arts environment and, of course, for the basketball program. He explained: “If I could get the education and college experience that I wanted, and also keep doing something I’m passionate about. I know I won’t be able to play forever so to be able to get four more years at least, at a good school and a good fit like this just wasn’t something I was going to pass up.”

When asked about his role models, Crisfiano stated that he really looks up to his parents. “I feel like I have a really close relationship with my parents. And I mean, everybody is kind of like their parents, but I feel like they’ve really had a big impact on me and who I am as a person,” he said.

Crisfiano attributes his basketball career’s beginnings to his dad, who he grew up watching play basketball recreationally. He said, “I was fortunate enough to have him coach me at a young age too and so I would say he was the main reason why I started and got going.”

In addition to his parents, Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, is another one of his role models. “I just love the way he handles himself on and off the field. All around great guy, great athlete, great competitor, so I really look up to him, as well,” Crisfiano explained.  

Some of Crisfiano’s favorite memories at UD include the games where the team pulls out a win at the end. “It’s winning those close games and battling through those moments of adversity when it seems like you know, the game can be lost, but just keeping our heads and staying together and pulling out the victory,” he said. 

In addition to playing on the men’s basketball team, Crisfiano is also involved in Student Government and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In juggling all these extracurriculars, he said that he is able to make a lot of connections with other students, which is his favorite part of being a student athlete.  

“Being an athlete it’s kind of easy to make relationships with other athletes at the school and, you know, make friends there and then also just with other students as well. The smaller classes here make it really easy to get to know so many different people, which has been really cool,” he said.

On the contrary, the hardest part of being a student athlete is the scheduling. Making sure that practices and workouts don’t conflict with everyone’s class times is very difficult. 

Crisfiano’s advice to new student athletes is to do more and be more than just their sport. He said: “There’s more to this school and more to this experience than just basketball. So, branch out and meet new people and do different things and be a part of the University of Dallas community, not just the basketball community. That’s something I’ve learned that I wish I knew.”



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