Wisconsin La Crosse
Oliver Vasanoja sentteri, guard, 183cm, 120kg
10/8/2020 3:07:00 PM
Senior Student-Athlete Spotlight: Oliver Vasanoja
La Crosse, Wis. - UW-La Crosse Intercollegiate Athletics is featuring senior student-athletes from the fall who had their seasons canceled due to the COVID-19 public health threat. Our senior being recognized today is Oliver Vasanoja of Vaasa, Finland (Vasa Gymnasium) from the football team.
UWL finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in 2019. The Eagles went 5-0 at home, recording their first undefeated season at home since going 4-0 in 2006.
Vasanoja started all 10 games in 2018 as UWL averaged 32.1 points and 384.8 yards of offense per game game, including 135.0 rushing and 249.8 passing. UWL's 24 passing touchdowns in 2018 tied for third in single-season school history while its 334 passing attempts and 2,498 yards were both eighth.
UWL was second in the WIAC in scoring offense (32.1), passing efficiency (132.0) and passing offense (249.8) while being third in total offense (383.0) and fourth in red-zone offense (73.0%, 27-of-37).
He played in five games with four starts in 2017 and appeared in three games during the 2016 season.
Why did you choose UW-La Crosse?
I chose UW-La Crosse because I wanted to play football on a high level. The academic standard is excellent, tuition rates are fair, and the fishing is great.
Plans after graduation?
I'm planning to move to Sweden to get a Master's degree and I'm going to play football in Europe next year.
HIS-101 with Gerald Iguchi freshman year. My brother and I took the class together and competed in who would answer more questions in class. It could be 6-5 after 55min. We still argue about who won the class! (I did).
Favorite place on campus?
Best part of being in athletics?
Being surrounded by winners. Go Eagles!