Profile: Dominick Bragalone ’19
Photo: Steve Boyle
To say that Dominick Bragalone has lived up to expectations during his Lehigh career would probably be an understatement.
Arriving at Lehigh in 2015 after a record-setting high school career, Bragalone has over the past three years established himself as one of the finest tailbacks in program history—and one of the most dangerous weapons in the nation. In total, he’s rushed for 3,567 yards and 39 touchdowns during his Mountain Hawk career, and enters his senior season as one of the favorites to take home the Walter Payton Award, handed out each year to the best offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
HOW I GOT STARTED IN FOOTBALL: I started playing football in 8th grade because my friends wanted me to give it a try. After a few years, I ended up falling in love with it.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FOOTBALL: The speed, intensity and physicality of the game. Watching and playing football never gets boring.
HOW I ENDED UP AT LEHIGH: I took an official visit to Lehigh and fell in love. The coaching staff and players treated me like family.
MY HEROES ARE: My parents.They are my biggest supporters and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
THE BEST MOMENT OF MY LEHIGH CAREER SO FAR IS: Winning back-to-back Patriot League championships (2016 and 2017).
THE BEST THING ABOUT THE LEHIGH FOOTBALL PROGRAM IS: The friendships and family mentality the team has.
THE BEST THING ABOUT LEHIGH AS A UNIVERSITY IS: The education and the Lehigh vs. Lafayette rivalry.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BEAT LAFAYETTE: It’s an awesome experience to play and beat Lafayette. The entire week is full of Lehigh spirit, and the game is full of excitement.
OUR TEAM GOALS FOR THIS SEASON ARE: To win another Patriot League title, beat Lafayette and make a run in the playoffs.
MY INDIVIDUAL GOALS FOR THIS SEASON ARE: To break the all-time Lehigh rushing record, and make All-Patriot League and All American.
HOW I WOULD DESCRIBE MY LEADERSHIP STYLE: Leading by example as well as pushing others around me to be great.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GOOD TEAMMATE: Being a person someone can talk to—someone who can be easily approached and provide advice if needed.
MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS ARE: To have a great senior year at Lehigh and then get an opportunity to play professional football.