By CHANTELLE KOMM
Ingo Lindemann, a 6-foot-6-inch senior from Bonn, Germany, graduates from BYU this year with what he’s always wanted–an NCAA volleyball championship.
“I knew the team would do it. I wouldn’t have stayed if I didn’t think we would have a chance to win,” Lindemann said.
Lindemann is now in New York interning at the advertising agency of Merkely, Newman and Harty. He said that after his six-week internship he hopes to play on the German national volleyball team at the World University Games in Spain.
Lindemann, who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he picked BYU because he wanted to come to the United States to play volleyball.
“BYU’s a good school. I liked the coach and their volleyball program looked like it was going to be really good,” Lindemann said.
Although he’s agnostic, Lindemann said he didn’t have any problems with BYU’s religious environment.
“Most people respected me. Only a couple people bugged me about it,” Lindemann said.
Looking back, Lindemann said his first year at BYU was the hardest. He came to BYU planning to major in civil engineering, but changed his major to advertising. Lindemann said the most rewarding part of being on the volleyball team was playing with his team members and meeting the challenge of practice every day.