Damir Sabanovic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia, but came to Utah when he was six. He is an Accounting major with a minor in Spanish. During his time at Westminster, he has been on the Dean’s List every semester and has received the Dean’s scholarship. He was also invited to join the National Society of Leadership and Success. In the past year, he was one of the assistant coaches at Rowland Hall; he enjoyed it so much that he wants to continue that indefinitely.
After he played soccer for Jordan High School, Damir had multiple college offers. For the past two years, he has been captain of the Westminster soccer team and an academic All-American. Recently, Damir was named one the 315 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. (Westminster College finished with nine athletes recognized, a new school record.)
Most of Damir’s favorite memories come from playing soccer. One of them occurred during his sophomore season, when the Griffins opened against the #2 ranking team: The Master's College. They won 2-1.
One of his most memorable experiences at Westminster took place during his freshman year. On his first day of class, about halfway through, he realized he was in a French class when he was supposed to be in Psychology. It was an embarrassing, but funny memory that Damir doesn't think he will ever forget. He has many fond memories from his other classes as well. Being able to use the CFA in the Gore School of Business building was a great opportunity and experience, and he was able to use it for several of his business courses.
Damir was able to benefit from Westminster’s smaller class sizes. “The class sizes are small enough to know each of your classmates and teachers by name, but big enough to offer you the college feel and atmosphere. It is truly a personalized education, and I don't think I would have been able to get that at a bigger institution. The professors are always willing to work with you, even if you are a student-athlete and have to miss classes at times. They challenged you in class and encouraged you to think for yourself. But if you needed it, they were always there to point you in the right direction. I think that will help a lot when I hit the job market," he said.
After graduation, he hopes to go to graduate school for physical therapy. With his accounting degree, he wants to open up his own physical therapy office. He would also like to coach soccer at some point in the future.