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Alexander Pancoe and Tommy LaSorda

Tommy LaSorda believes that “the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”

Alex Pancoe was born to love Northwestern University Wildcats Football. The grandson of a former calculus professor and Northwestern alum, some of Alex’s earliest memories involve the unforgettable experiences of live football games. One memory in particular always comes to mind, when his beloved Wildcats played their hearts out in a tough loss to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans in the 1996 Rose Bowl. To this day, the number of home games he has missed can be counted on two hands. Bleeding purple for Alex Pancoe isn’t a choice, it’s a duty.

College football is more than a game; it’s a battleground. At a lot of large universities, football, rather than academics, defines the school and its culture. They recruit students they know will help their team succeed, offer scholarships in lieu of outright payment, as no real minor leagues exist for the NFL. For Northwestern, however, athletics come second. These scholar-athletes hold their own on the gridiron nevertheless, ensuring a trip to a Bowl Game six out of the past seven years. And that, to Pancoe, is the beauty of Northwestern’s game. Indeed, every new year brings new hope for Alexander Pancoe and the Wildcats. To this end, Pancoe keeps up with the latest from Northwestern Football and the Big 10.

Born and raised in Highland Park, Alex Pancoe has always called Chicago his home. Chicago is a legendary city with a strong history of passionate fans and sports traditions. Alex Pancoe is no exception. Growing up in Chicago presented Pancoe the opportunity to participate in many sports traditions, which are now rooted in his everyday life. He has, and will always be, an avid sports fan. Alex bleeds blue and red for his beloved Chicago Cubs and purple for his alma mater, Northwestern University.

Alexander graduated from Northwestern University in 2009, making his move from Evanston, Illinois to Chicago. Driven to pursue a career with Morgan Stanley, Pancoe arrived in Chicago with a dream and no desire to slow down. Alex Pancoe believes in working hard and remaining driven. When time permits, you can find Alex indulging in other passions outside of work and Chicago sports. He is a lifelong skier and has likened heaven to being the first skier on the mountain after several inches of fresh powder. He is actively involved with Northwestern University and additionally is active with the JUF, the SAE Fraternity, and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.