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Athlete Spotlight: Grace Gagliardi

By MHSFHA, 02/17/18, 3:30PM EST

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Athlete Spotlight: Grace Gagliardi

Grace Gagliardi, a Senior at Skyline High School, has recently committed to play Division I Field Hockey at Central Michigan University, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Grace Gagliardi, a Senior at Skyline High School, has recently committed to play Division I Field Hockey at Central Michigan University, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Along with being the captain of Skyline’s field hockey team, Grace has also played for Pinnacle Field Hockey club since 2015, her team being crowned champions at the Louisville Cardinal Classic Tournament in 2016, U19 Junior Premier Outdoor League and Regional Club Champions in 2017, and has played in many other festivals and tournaments. As a sophomore, she was named a MHSFHA All State Honorable Mention player, which sparked her interest for collegiate play. For the next two consecutive years, she was named as a MHSFHA All State First Team player.

Grace knew she wanted to be a competitive field hockey player at the mere age of 10, when she played for a local Rec and Ed team in Ann Arbor. Her older next door neighbor gave Grace her old sticks, which appeared as a rite of passage into high intensity play. When she started playing for Pinnacle, Grace describes the transition as “a big culture change.” Playing with girls who had her same goals, those being playing at the collegiate level, made her a better player.

Although playing for Skyline was less competitive than her club play, it shaped Grace into the person and player she is today. Her high school coaches, Nicki Barrett and Vicky Yost, along with former teammates and now college athletes, always pushed Grace to give the game her all, and in turn, have helped mold her into a well rounded individual today, both academically and athletically.

Before she made her big decision, Grace visited Central Michigan University, and upon meeting the team and seeing the campus, her heart was set on committing to play there, “The team was welcoming, and the school is only two hours away from home, which made CMU an immediate number one choice,” Grace said. In her future, Grace sees herself staying in athletics, but on the business side of everything. She is extremely excited to play against, and with, some of the best players in the nation, describing it as a “very humbling experience.”

With this mindset, it is no question that she will succeed throughout college. Grace’s advice for any young player hoping to one day play in college is to “set goals, and work hard. If you work hard and dedicate your life to what you want to do, your dreams will come true.”

GRACE GAGLIARDI - FAST FACTS

College Commitment - Central Michigan University

Intended Major - Kinesiology

Field Hockey Accomplishments - Team Captain (2016 & 2017), MHSFHA All State Selection,  (2015, 2016, & 2017), Regional Club Champion (2017), National Club Championship appearance (2017)

Additional Achievements - National Honor Society,  NFHCA High School Academic Squad (2017), MHSFHA All Academic Recognition,  Skyline High School Varsity Basketball Team Captain (2016)