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BSN: How has your experience been playing in the NPF over the past 4 years?
AG: I get to call myself a professional athlete. Not many people can ever say that, and the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to now have 5 seasons in the league is an experience second to none. Every game I’m on the field with the best players in the world. The competition is outstanding and playing against some of my idols is pretty special too.

Alisa Goler3 As an athlete, you sacrifice things on a daily basis. You sacrifice your time to training. You sacrifice food to try and eat healthy to fuel your body. You sacrifice personal relationships sometimes. It can be tough to find an equilibrium, but I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything in the world. I’m surrounded by a great support staff in my family and friends, and that’s what makes it work.

BSN: You spent the first 4 years of your career in Chicago with the Bandits. What was your deciding factor in moving to the PA Rebellion this year?
AG: It was just time for a change. I truly enjoyed my time in Chicago, and look forward to seeing all our fans and my former teammates this summer. I’m looking forward to a fresh start with a new team, and know that my role as a veteran player will be very important with the Rebellion.

BSN: Talk about your College Exposure Tournaments and how your experience makes these valuable to young Softball players.
AG: I currently run 3 (2 in GA and 1 in IL). As we all know, most recruiting is done through travel ball. Running these tournaments helps in the process. My goal is for every kid to earn a chance to continue playing in college; I want them all to have the same amazing experience I had.

BSN: What has been the response by teams and players looking for opportunities and how many players have moved on from your tournaments?
AG: I have been very fortunate thus far with the tournaments. They have been held in high esteem by college coaches and quality travel organizations across the country, which makes my job much easier. I can’t give an exact number, but I have had many teams tell how the opportunity to play in my tournament aided a player on their team in receiving an offer from a school. That’s what it’s all about, even if I help just 1 kid…I’ve made a difference.

BSN: What is your advice for aspiring collegiate athletes? What do you look to share more than anything based on your previous experiences?
AG: First thing has to be to take care of your grades. After that, it’s time management. I usually tell kids I work with that however much time they spend practicing every day, they better be spending 2x that time working on their school work. If you don’t have time management skills and head off to college to be a student-athlete, you’re in for a rude awakening. Aside from that, it would be to soak up the experience. The time flies by quick. I would give anything to be able to go back and play my 4 years again at UGA.

BSN: You had a stellar career in the University of Georgia. Talk about your career, favorite season and over experience.
AG: I had the career I did because of my teammates. Numbers don’t occur unless everyone on the team is doing their job. So every RBI I had, I can thank the people in front of me for getting on base. Sometimes we lose sight of that, but it really is a team sport. My favorite season was hands down my Sophomore year. It was the first time in program history that UGA made it to the WCWS and we finished 4th. I would replay that year over and over again if I could. The experience of playing in the SEC and living in Athens, GA was indescribable. I’m so thankful for the opportunities I was given by my coaching staff.

BSN: What made you choose to become a Bulldog and how was your recruiting process? How many schools were you contemplating before making a choice?
AG: Good question. Overall, I wanted to forge my own path when it came to choosing a college. Most of my teammates ended up at Big 10 schools and I wanted to do my own thing. When I visited UGA I was skeptical because it was 13 hours from home-I’m very close with my family. However, I was sold as soon as I stepped foot on campus. The athletic facilities, academic center, dorms, etc. were unbelievable. I knew that I would be given every chance to succeed both on the field and in the classroom at UGA. My recruiting process was stressful. At the time being a junior was verballing early (hard to believe based on the current trend). I remember panicking because I was 16 and was supposed to choose my future. It seemed like an impossible task. The best advice I received was from Coach Hutchins at Michigan. She told me to not think about everything for a week or two and one day I would wake up and know where I wanted to go… and it totally worked! The 6 schools I had narrowed it down to were UGA, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Illinois, and Loyola Chicago.

BSN: How do you enjoy coaching at Roosevelt University and how does it compare to playing?
AG: I like coaching at RU because it’s a new experience. NAIA is very different than Division 1. There are things I like a lot better and things I dislike, but I think it’s making me a better coach for trying something new. The season is much shorter than a d1 season. Recruiting rules are also a lot more lenient. I’m not sure I can compare it to playing because a game is a game, there’s no difference in NAIA vs D1 once you step between the lines.

BSN: You have transitioned from level to level. What have been your biggest obstacles and how did you over come them atAlisa Goler each level; i.e Youth to High School, HS to College, College to Pro or playing to coaching?
AG: I’ve been very fortunate to stay relatively healthy in my career. Knock on wood. Obstacles that I’ve faced from where I started to where I am now can probably best be summed up by the word “sacrifices.” As an athlete, you sacrifice things on a daily basis. You sacrifice your time to training. You sacrifice food to try and eat healthy to fuel your body. You sacrifice personal relationships sometimes. It can be tough to find an equilibrium, but I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything in the world. I’m surrounded by a great support staff in my family and friends, and that’s what makes it work.

BSN: Please discuss your current venture to raise money and awareness for K9s For Warriors.
AG: I’ve teamed up with K9s for Warriors this summer to raise money and awareness because I absolutely love the organization. To start, I’m a huge dog lover. Anyone that knows me will mention how much I adore my dog lol. I had the idea that I wanted to work with something involving dogs. I was on twitter one day and saw a tweet from K9s For Warriors on my timeline so I started looking into it. I thought it was amazing that the organization was adopting dogs to train in order to help US Soldiers with PTSD. Seemed like a win win situation to me. Show my support for our amazing troops and also help an organization that is adopting dogs. I’m looking forward to working with them all summer.