POULTNEY, Vt. — All in the family. Originally the term only applied to a shared passion for soccer, but that term can now be applied to the legacy the Laymons are creating by their collective attendance at Green Mountain College.
Starting this fall, all three of Larry and Rebecca’s children — Ryan, Nate and Maegan — will be enrolled in or will have attended Green Mountain, creating a strong representation for the village of Ilion.
Ever since they were young, Larry and Rebecca Laymon’s three children have been involved in soccer. Ryan Laymon, the oldest, was exposed to the sport when he was 6. He took part in youth soccer while the younger twins stood on the sidelines and watched. Through watching their older brother, Nate and Maegan would both become interested in soccer as well, but interestingly it was not the first sport the two boys had aspired to play.
“I can always remember wanting to play football,” Nate Laymon. “But my mom said it was too dangerous to play.”
Larry Laymon confirmed that it was indeed his wife who persuaded the boys to play futbol instead of football.
For Maegan Laymon, soccer immediately became and remains her favorite sport.
“I have been playing since I was 4 and have loved the game since then,” she said. “My passion for the game keeps growing every time I step onto the field. Soccer has taught me a lot about life, from working with people, to being a strong leader, and knowing what it feels like to be successful.”
That feeling of success includes last year when Maegan was a member of Mohawk Valley Community College’s NJCAA Division III national championship team. While winning a national championship fulfilled her extracurricular interests, the lone Laymon sister’s experience within the classroom was not what she expected which led her to begin exploring other majors and other institutions. It was not until late in the spring that she decided to change her major to Psychology and transfer to Green Mountain.
For three years, Ryan Laymon had played soccer and enjoyed a life at college apart from his younger siblings.
“The previous coach is a big part of why I was attracted to Green Mountain,” he said. “He was enthusiastic about the program and had a great attitude that was geared towards winning and getting the most out of us as players. The campus also had a great feel and made me feel (at home).”
In his senior year, however, Ryan was no longer the only Laymon on campus when younger brother Nate joined him as a freshman. For Nate the choice was easy; Green Mountain had his intended major — Natural Resource Management — and the college also recruited him out of high school for the soccer team.
Page 2 of 3 - Seeing an opportunity to have enrolled all three of the Laymon children, Green Mountain’s admissions office was happy to help admit Maegan as the final member of the sibling trio when she decided to transfer for her sophomore year.
“When we learned that Maegan was interested in attending GMC, we were genuinely excited to assist her and her family and extend the legacy of Laymons attending Green Mountain College,” said Allison Cota, the senior associate director of admissions. “The admissions team worked closely with Maegan throughout the application and enrollment process to ensure her goal of attending college alongside her twin brother Nate came to fruition.”
A recent Sustainable Business graduate, Ryan Laymon will no longer be at Green Mountain as a student to see the twins compete on their respective soccer teams, but he believes it is a great opportunity for them.
“It (will be) good to see my siblings go to GMC and have the opportunities that I had, especially on the soccer field,” he said.
The bond the twins share is strong. Last year was the first time in their lives that Maegan and Nate had gone to different schools. Now that Maegan has transferred to Green Mountain, they will once again be together at the same school and look forward to the experience.
“Being at the same school as Nate will be fun,” Maegan said. “We’ll be there to help each other and just hang out. It will be like living at home again, just without our parents around.”
“I think that it is very exciting to have my twin sister attending Green Mountain,” Nate added. “I did miss her my freshman year. I can’t wait for her to finally be on campus and begin enjoying the GMC lifestyle as much as I do. I feel (that) we will compete with each other on and off the field.”
The twins were able to share one athletic experience from different campuses last spring when both competed in lacrosse for the first time.
As with any siblings, there is to be competition, but the Laymons have thrived on that competition and have put it to good use on the soccer pitch.
“For my brother, sister and I, soccer is a way to push each other,” Nate Laymon said. “I feel this has made us better soccer players, and is why we continue to get better. We always offer advice to one another no matter how mad or frustrated we get; it always helps us to get better at the game.”
Larry and Rebecca Laymon shared the same sentiment, relating that when it comes to soccer their children have always supported each other. That was quite evident when both Ryan and Nate arranged their schedules so that they could watch Maegan and her team’s journey to the NJCAA championship last fall.
Page 3 of 3 - The parents also shared that they are thrilled to have the twins both study at Green Mountain. They can continue to easily coordinate their attendance at both of the twins’ games, just like they did for Ryan and Nate last fall.