Player Bio: Alison Coleman

Number: 08
Year: 09
Position: C
Hometown/School: Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston
Height: 5-9

Alison (Ali) Coleman returns for her third season this spring. The young Polar Bear squad will look to her for consistent delivery at and behind the plate as well as a reliable source for comedic relief. As a History major and Education minor, Ali enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and playing a mean game of competitive IM badminton in her free time. A true Mainer, Ali graduated from Lewiston High School in the top ten of her class. Still sporting a Harry Potter scar from a previous softball-related accident, she works for Bowdoin's Upward Bound office, monitors for Watson fitness desk, and is the rocking DJ for Womens' Ice Hockey. She is also the voice of Murray for WBOR's SPEEDY AND MURRAY show. Daughter of Tim and Louise Coleman, Ali has two brothers, Sean (32) and Ryan (17).

What's your favorite team memory?
I have several: 1) When Sterno hit a walk-off grand-slam last year against Bates for the sweep. Unbelievable.
2. Having pillow talk with JP last year in Florida.
3. Any time we're together as a team and just acting goofy.

What's your favorite class at Bowdoin?
Medieval Europe with Dallas Denery. He really knows his stuff, and he is a very engaging lecturer, and he has a great sense of humor. The Arts of Venice was also a great class just because I got to wake up at 8:30 in the morning on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and see Sterno and JP's bright and shining faces! (Okay, they weren't so happy to be up that early?) The subject matter was also pretty interesting. We got to do this huge project on Titian, and as much as we complained, it was actually kind of fun.

What's on your iPod right now?
Collective Soul, Lupe Fiasco ?Super Star?, Britney ?Piece of Me?, and The Breeders ?Cannonball?.

Who/what is the biggest influence in your life?
My parents have taught me everything I know, and having their unconditional love and support is a source of strength and confidence. They've always told me to try my hardest no matter what, and although this has been difficult at times, it is great advice. They also taught me the importance of family and caring for others. Ultimately, they are responsible for the person that I am today.

What's your favorite Bowdoin thing?
Definitely all of the relationships that I've developed over the past couple of years, on and off the field. I feel like the people who are my friends now will be my friends for life. As we grow older and move to different places on campus or people go abroad, keeping in touch takes a lot more time and effort. For example, even though four other juniors on the team were abroad, we communicated regularly through e-mail, Skype, and AIM, and over breaks, it is not surprising to hear of visits to other teammates or friends. The people here are simply amazing.

What are you looking forward to this season?
I'm really looking forward to getting to know the new freshmen as well as playing in Florida. Knowing that we get to play in Florida for ten days is what keeps me going during those arduous field house practices. Oh yes, and perhaps possibly getting to practice more than once outside this year. That would be really nice.