As senior infielder Alyssa Flores plays her last year as a Coyote, she’s hoping to gain more of an experience to take with her as she continues to pursue her college education.
Playing softball since her youth, Flores has learned to love and gain a passion for the game. It was the extra push and support from her parents that made her realize the respect that she has for the game she’s played for all these years.
“I first started playing softball when I was four years old. I started off in tee ball. I was eight when I started playing travel ball at a competitive level,” said Flores.
Introducing the sport into her life as a youngster, her parents play a huge role in her success.
“My parents played the biggest part in my success because they raised me to always strive for what I want and to never give up. They have been by my side every second of the way,” said Flores.
Majoring in Kinesology, Flores is planning on getting her masters in sports psychology. She is hoping to become an athletic director working at major universities once she graduates, along with being a coach at the collegiate level.
There is no hint of heading to the pros anytime soon but her ultimate goal is the opportunity to be a sports psychologist working with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Sports have been my passion ever since I was little and being able to work in the field doing what I love would be a dream,” said Flores.
Looking back at all the years of dedication to the game, she sees the experience she wants to take away from it. Whether it be learning or teaching her new batch of team members.
This year the team has added multiple freshman and sophomores to the roster who all share the passion and love for the game.
“We are all fighters and don’t give up no matter what the situation. Although we are a young team we are a very scrappy team, if we are given a job we get the job done,” said Flores.
Being one of the four seniors on the team, Flores is doing her best to mold the younger members into better players by helping them learn the way of the game.
“I try to teach the girls that if you give all you got out on the field you will walk away happy. Even if you lose, if you gave everything you had you will still be happy because you know you did all you can,” said Flores.
Seeing as this is Flore’s last year playing softball, she has taken a chance to ponder about the wonders the sports has molded her into the person she is today.
“Playing softball has definitely molded me into the person that I am today. It has helped me become the confident strong person I am today.”