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Alisa Goler

School

University of Georgia

Position
Infielder
Major
Recreation and Leisure Studies
AVG
.322
R
37
H
47
FLD%
.964
RBI
54

Classroom

The recipient of Beatrice F. Cole & Ronnie M. Cole softball scholarship, Goler has already completed enough hours for her undergraduate degree in recreation and leisure studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in recreation and leisure studies. A member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Goler is a two-time SEC academic honor roll recipient in addition to being a a two-time Dean’s List honoree. She has been named to the UGA Athletic Director’s honor roll multiple semesters and earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2010.

Character

Goler was inducted into the inaugural UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy based on community service, academics and athletic achievement. In addition to being an athlete that leads by her performance on the field and her work ethic in the classroom and community, Goler has demonstrated her strong character by having a positive attitude. In the 2009-10 school year and softball season, Goler faced her toughest obstacle in her collegiate career. It was during the fall of 2009 when during a swing she had three of her upper ribs on the left side of her back dislocate. With the idea of a possible medical redshirt looming come the spring season, Goler worked hard to get back and ready for the 2010 season despite the pain from the injury still persisting. When the 2010 season came, Goler didn’t want to let her injury become a point of concern for her teammates, so she kept a silent approach as she played through the difficulties and pain of the injury through the entire 2010 season. Now she’s healed and determined to help return her team to the Women’s College World Series for a third-straight year in 2011.

Community

Goler, a Coca-Cola Community All-American, created and implemented recreation programs for children ages 1-14 with Oasis Catolico. She also helped put on a Charity Golf Tournament at the UGA Golf Course with all proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Athens, and the event raised $2,500. Additionally, Goler has annually participated in SOAR (Special Olympics Annual Run) with her teammates. She is a volunteer with the Athens Clarke County Humane Society, Special Olympics and the SEC Canned Food Drive every year. In the summer of 2010, Goler completed an internship with Diamond Sports Academy in Mokena, Ill., that gave her the opportunity to give lessons, work camps and network with well-established college coaches.

Competition

On the field of play, Goler has been an illustration that hard work and dedication can pay off and bring greatness. A two-time All-American (Louisville Slugger/NFCA — ‘09 & ‘10, Easton — ‘09, ESPN — ‘09) and two-time All-SEC first-team selection, Goler enters her senior season already holding three school records, including a .704 career slugging percentage and a 3.08 walk to strikeout ratio. Her third record portrays Goler’s competitive drive more than anything, as she leads UGA all-time in toughest to strikeout (0.074) with just 39 strikeouts 524 career at-bats. But Goler’s charge to become one of, if not the, most decorated players in Georgia history will be very evident in 2011. She enters the season ranked second in school history in on-base percentage (.486), doubles (47), home runs (42) and walks (120). She also ranks third in RBI (181) and sacrifices flies (10), fourth in extra base hits (90) and fifth in batting average (.370). An additional honor for Goler includes being named a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award in 2009, a year in which she set single-season school records for batting average (.455), slugging percentage (.994), on-base percentage (.551), home runs (24) and RBI (83).