Reflecting on her last four years as a Geneseo Knight, senior Carolyn “KK” Schaus said that her extensive participation and dedication to the softball team defines her.
A childhood/special education candidate, this athlete primarily selected Geneseo because of the reputable Ella Cline Shear School of Education.
Luckily for the Geneseo community and athletics, Schaus said she also liked the softball players she met, as well as the strategies of the coaching staff.
Schaus earned her respected place on the softball squad in her freshman year. Then in spring 2011 alone, she was named a member of the SUNYAC All-Conference team. The same year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association honored Schaus with a Division III Second team At-Large of the All-Northeast region.
Besides the game itself, Schaus said that she especially enjoys being a team player.
“Being a part of a team is definitely a big commitment … but besides from that it’s a lot of fun because you have a team full of people who you get along with and you enjoy hanging out with and you’re all working toward a common goal.”
“I’m definitely closer to my teammates and they’re my best friends,” Schaus said. “I can imagine myself staying in contact with [them] even after college. I think our friendships [and] our bonds are definitely much stronger than any other team I’ve played on.”
Although Schaus is set to graduate in May, her softball days aren’t over entirely.
“I definitely could see myself coaching in the future. I can’t imagine just dropping softball and being done with it, so coaching would definitely be an option,” Schaus said.
Because of her background in childhood education, Schaus said she thinks that she would enjoy coaching for a high school team or even a T-ball team, instead of college students.
After graduation, Schaus said she plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in literacy from SUNY Buffalo, thought she isn’t ready to leave Geneseo quite yet.
“I have mixed emotions because I’m clearly very comfortable here and I’ve spent my past four years here … so I know what life’s like and I don’t know what life’s going to be like in the future,” she said.
“Leaving Geneseo softball will definitely be a tough thing. I’m definitely going to be sad to wake up after this season and know that my competitive softball days are done just because that’s been part of who I am since I was playing travel ball as a 10-year-old … but I’m glad I can walk away with the memories and experiences I have had through the softball program and so it’s okay to leave. It’s my time.”