There was a time during Gus Margiotta’s time at Gloucester High School that he considered football to be his main athletic focus.
A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Fishermen that also competed on the school’s track and field teams, Margiotta was locked into his football career as an underclassman at Gloucester.
During his junior year, though, things changed for him. After placing third in the shotput at the state outdoor meet at the end of his junior season, Margiotta finally realized his throwing ability could be something that carried him beyond high school.
That shifted focus paid quick dividends, and after graduating from Gloucester in 2010, Margiotta found himself in Flagstaff, Ariz., as a member of Northern Arizona University’s track and field teams.
“Up until my junior year, I was football all the way. I didn’t want to do anything else,” Margiotta said. “I’ve always loved throwing, but when I really noticed that it’s something that I should pursue was at the end of my junior year. I’d gotten third at the all state championships and everyone else there was going to Rutgers, going to Louisville, so I thought, ‘I should try this out.’”
With that increased focus on his throwing, Margiotta quickly began to raise collegiate coaches’ eyebrows. What finally led him to Flagstaff was a trip to the Ironwood Throwers Camp in Spokane, Wash., during his senior year in high school.
A friend of his at the camp was being recruited by Northern Arizona, and mentioned to the coach that Margiotta was looking for a landing spot.
Shortly thereafter, Margiotta contacted the Lumberjacks via email, and within 20 minutes, he got a response and got the ball rolling toward his eventual college career.
It’s been an up-and-down experience thus far for Margiotta at Northern Arizona. The transition from high school to the collegiate ranks is a difficult one for shot-putters, who go from throwing a 12-pound shotput to a 16-pounder.