Positive Coaching Alliance - Tampa Bay
The mission of the PCA Triple-Impact Competitor® Alumni Association is to foster a mutually beneficial, lifelong relationship between Positive Coaching Alliance- Tampa Bay and Triple-Impact Competitor® scholarship award winners from the Tampa Bay community.
Membership to the Alumni Association is earned by those who have received a Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship from Positive Coaching Alliance- Tampa Bay. Participation represents a student-athlete’s desire to stay connected to PCA. The Alumni Association provides former winners with connections to the business community and gives former winners the opportunity to network with fellow winners and develop future contacts for personal and professional success. Members will also gain exposure to local business leaders and provided the chance to give back to the community by serving as mentors to the upcoming and future classes of scholarship winners.
Members of the Alumni Association are invited and encouraged to attend TIC scholarship events. These events serve as a chance to connect with leaders who support PCA’s mission, as well as a chance for scholarship alumni to reconnect with their high school athletic directors, coaches, and mentors. Members may also choose to submit Class Notes, assist in the planning of events, and mentor current scholarship finalists.
Ezekiel Faulkner, South Lake High School, Class of 2019
I am currently attending Florida State University, and I’m on track to graduate in 2023 with my bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Throughout the year, I’ve been staying active by participating in intramural soccer with a team I started with some of my new friends. I’ve met many amazing supportive new friends; they have the same goals as me. I am also involved in numerous activities and clubs all around campus. Every day I wake up, I can learn something new that I can use to better myself, and I am thankful for that. I am looking forward to the next two years of school and the new experiences that await me. Thank you so much for everything, PCA!
Rachel Hendry, Robinson High School, Class of 2019
I am attending the University of Florida, class of 2023, pursuing a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology on the pre-physical therapy track! I’m involved in the Chi Omega sorority, volunteering at Shands hospital, an undergraduate pre-PT organization, a mentoring program at a local middle school, and a club that cultivates cultural growth and interaction with international students. I plan to study abroad next summer and join the club lacrosse team next year! I’m still so grateful for all the wonderful experiences PCA gave me and everything it’s taught me.
Gabrielle Dituri, Plant High School, Class of 2019
I decided to major in physics at Caltech because of how interesting my freshman physics classes were. This summer, I am doing research with the Caltech Precision Timing Laboratory, which is involved with CERN's Compact Muon Solenoid. The Compact Muon Solenoid is a particle detector part of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. I am so excited to be contributing to this great organization of scientists! Additionally, I am on the board of the club "Society of Women Engineers" and I can't wait for next year to plan events that help get young girls into STEM. I would not be where I am today if not for the continuous support I have received from everyone around me, especially from my high school lacrosse coach Jayne Chapman. Thank you so much for everything PCA!
Jenna Horan, Blake High School, Class of 2019
My freshman year at The University of North Florida has been full of incredible opportunities and experiences. I have met amazing friends who have guided and shaped me this year, and I know that I would not be where I am without their encouragement and support. As a music major, I have had many once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities, including playing for world-class musicians and debuting new pieces of music. I have been involved in clubs, campus activities, and an amazing campus ministry that has welcomed me with open arms. While I am sad that my freshman year has been cut short, I am so grateful for everything I have learned and experienced and I look forward to what the next three years will hold!
Gianna Wegman, All Saints Academy, Class of 2019
My freshman year has been a whirlwind of fun and new experiences. I didn't hesitate to start getting involved at University of Central Florida. Currently, I am involved in a sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) and I serve on the bid day committee and the events committee. I also was elected to serve as a Panhellenic representative for my chapter, which means I attended weekly meetings to give/ receive updates about what was going on in the Panhellenic community and report it back to my chapter. Outside of Greek life, I have gotten involved in Student Government as well. In the fall, I joined the Student Government Leadership Council where I learned more about each of the branches to decide which one I wanted to pursue and got to help plan/ volunteer at different SG sponsored events. In the spring, I then moved into Senate Leadership Council to learn more about the Senate specifically. I was actually in the process of becoming a Senator right before our spring break and I was going to be sworn in after spring break, but given that we never returned to campus due to coronavirus, I assume I will be sworn in in the fall. I am also a LEAD scholar at UCF which is a leadership organization in which I take leadership classes and have a lot of service/ leadership opportunities around campus. I have a few things lined up for next year that I am working on such as being a Student Ambassador for the College of Business, being a Teaching assistant for Macroeconomics, and holding an executive position in my sorority! I also made the Dean's List for last semester!
Alexis Schwab, Lakewood Ranch HS, Class of 2019
My freshman year at Colorado State University has been amazing and I’m excited to share some of the activities I participated in this year. Since I came to this school not knowing a single soul because I am from Florida, I had to try and put myself out there as much as I could to meet new people. I joined two volleyball teams: indoor and sand. I joined a soccer and basketball league with my friends in my hall. I learned how to play spikeball and went skiing for the first time in Wyoming. I also joined a club called the Special Olympics organization. This was an even better way to branch out and meet more people and I did it with my friend Katie. I was nominated by the Resident Assistants on my hall to represent Corbett hall as being a leader. This was such a great accomplishment because I was very outgoing even without knowing a lot of people and still tried to get people together and do fun activities. I went to most of the football games and one of them was in the Mile High Stadium where the Denver Broncos play. It was such a great experience and I got to see CSU take on CU Boulder which is our rival. I did a lot of outdoor activities as well including hiking and climbing. Freshman year has been a blast and I’m a little sad it got caught so short but I have made so many memories that will last me a lifetime!
Riddhi Banerjee, Steinbrenner HS, Class of 2019
I am currently a freshman at the University of Florida majoring in computer engineering. I’ve been keeping active by playing intramural and club basketball, and have been getting involved on campus by exploring various clubs and groups. I was looking into an internship opportunity this summer at Accusoft, a software company in the Tampa Bay Area, but due to the recent circumstances, they had to cancel all summer internship programs. In the future, I hope to further commit to a select few group of clubs/organizations, and possibly look into being a manager for the basketball team here at UF.
Estefania Acosta, Land O’Lakes HS, Class of 2019
Since leaving my high school, and therefore my cross country and track teams, I knew that the life lessons and skills I gained from running were unforgettable and I did not want to lose that. When I first arrived at Georgetown University, I felt a bit lost as to what I would join and the organizations that I wanted to be a part of. However, I quickly found a home in the running club and was able to keep growing in the practical and athletic skills that come with being a runner. But at the same time, I wanted to expand in other areas as even through running have acknowledged how important it is to remain balanced in all aspects of your life. I continue to volunteer with the Center for Social Justice to help those suffering from housing and food insecurity in which I have met with so many interesting people while giving back to the community around me. Not surprisingly with being in Washington D.C., I was also hired to work with the largest student run non-profit in the world called the Corp and have also simply explored the area while participating in political rallies around me. It has truly been an amazing experience for my first year at Georgetown, but to get where I am, the salience of the skills I have learned from running are invaluable to how I am today.
Zach White, Tampa Preparatory School, Class of 2019
I am currently studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. I hope to graduate in 2023 and pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science. I recently received an undergraduate research position building computer simulations of aerodynamic systems. I made the tough decision to not continue my sport in college, but I still participate in various intramural sports because I enjoy staying active as much as I can.
Khadesha Galloway, Armwood, Class of 2019
I am a student at the University of Central Florida on track to graduate with my Bachelors degree in the spring of 2022. I am majoring in legal studies and upon graduation, I plan on going to law school in New York to pursue a career in the corporate law field. This past year I joined the intramural flag football team as well as a few organizations on campus that I plan on furthering in with leadership positions while working part-time. I love UCF and I highly recommend going to college no matter what it takes, you wouldn't want to miss out on the experience because it is life changing.
Carly Day, Plant City High School, Class of 2019
I am currently attending Hillsborough Community College and have had the opportunity to work for a company called International Fire Protection. I will be graduating from HCC this semester with my Associates and transferring to the architecture program at the University of South Florida this fall to major in Architectural Design. I have continued my journey in tennis by playing on a local USTA league where I have had the pleasure to play with and build relationships with so many sweet women in our community. I have started to really enjoy CrossFit and mountain biking, in addition to tennis, and joined the lead team for college ministry at my church. I’m so thankful for the experience I had and the wonderful mentors I had the opportunity to meet during the scholarship process with PCA.
Erin Hanson, Lennard HS, Class of 2017
I am a student at the University of Tampa, class of 2021 and double majoring in Business Management and Sports Management. I am a member of the Women's Crew team at UT and am a member of multiple leadership organizations on campus.
Bianca Dyer, Robinson HS, Class of 2016
I study chemical engineering at University of Rochester in upstate New York. I will graduate in 2020. For the past two years, I played varsity volleyball and varsity tennis, but for my remaining two years, I plan to only play varsity tennis. Summer 2018, I participated in the Functional Materials and Manufacturing Institute Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of South Florida. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a Ph.D in chemical engineering and am currently beginning to explore options.
Idalys Santos, Armwood HS, Class of 2018
Hi! I am currently attending USF. I anticipated on cheering for USF, unfortunetly that did not workout as planned, but I have joined some clubs to stay involved. I have been continuing my passion for health and fitness and pushing myself to be the best I can be each and everyday, I do plan to try out for a sport next fall. In the mean time I am focusing on school, working part time and working toward earning my personal training license.
Madison Austrich, H.B. Plant HS, Class of 2015
Hello PCA! I am a senior in The Hotel School at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University with a Real Estate Minor and Corporate Finance Concentration. During my college career I have interned for five incredible companies including The Liberty Group, The Plasencia Group and Mainsail Lodging & Development, all based in my hometown of Tampa. I also had the opportunity to work at the W Hollywood in revenue management and the Four Seasons Resorts in Orlando and Maui. I am excited be returning to the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea full-time as a Finance Manager in Training.
Emma Oberle, Bloomingdale HS, Class of 2016
I am a senior at Florida State University in the Sports Management program. I am currently interning with FSU Athletics doing social media for the volleyball team. I am hoping to work with a sports team/arena when I graduate, possibly doing event management.
Meghan Sorg, Strawberry Crest HS, Class of 2018
I'm part of UF class of 2022 as an industrial & systems engineer. I joined the Sigma Kappa sorority where I play on their intramural soccer team. I currently don't have a job but I'm thriving & loving the college life!
Kristina Budzban, King HS, Class of 2018
I am currently attending Polk state college on the Women's soccer team! We are currently in-season, undefeated. While on the team I still use all of PCA's Values and continue to truly be a triple impact competitor on and off the pitch. I will be graduating in 2020 with my AA in liberal arts, then pursue a bachelor's degree in sports and exercise science at a 4-year university!
Nakia Smith, Howard W. Blake HS, Class of 2018
I am attending Valdosta State University, studying American Sign Language interpreting to get my Bachelor in science, graduating class of 2022. I am on the intramural Volleyball team at the college.
Amanda Noellert, Southeast HS, Class of 2018
I'm attending Manatee Technical College for Welding and I should graduate in 2019. I'm not participating in sports but I'm in the process of becoming a swim coach. For jobs in the future, I'm not sure what I want to do within the welding industry because I'm still learning what I like most and am best at.
David Rodriguez, Armwood HS, Class of 2017
I am currently enrolled at USF with a major in Anthropology. I hope to graduate within the next 2 years, maybe sooner. I have worked at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, as ambassador on the Skyride, for almost 6 months now. I also have a part-time job working at Archaeological Consultants Incorporated, where perform shovel tests at historical sites throughout the state of Florida. I have sadly discontinued playing sports, however, I still like to remain as active and physically healthy as possible. I'm not sure what the future has in store for me right now and I'm not 100% sure I know what I want to do, but I remain optimistic and hopeful I'm on the right path.
Christina Hayworth, Palm Harbor University HS, Class of 2017
I am attending Florida State University as a psychology and social work double major on a pre-occupational therapy track. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2021 and go on to occupational therapy school for my graduate degree. This past summer, I served as a summer missionary with Life Teen at Camp Covecrest in Tiger, Georgia, and I also interned with an elementary school guidance counselor at the beginning of August. This coming summer, I plan to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. I am not currently participating in sports, but a friend and I are trying to start a lacrosse club (different from club lacrosse) at Florida State that serves as a replacement for intramural lacrosse, which is not available at FSU.
Katie Cassedy, Robinson HS, Class of 2016
Duke University, graduating in 2020! Economics major with a minor in Visual Media Studies and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. I joined the Duke Sailing team and am now the captain of the team! We race competitively in the SAISA college sailing district. The last two summers I've been coaching sailing at Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD. This fall semester (Fall 2018) I am studying abroad at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, where I plan on joining the sailing team and competing in the Irish district.
Elizabeth Romine, Seffner Christian Academy, Class of 2015
After graduating high school, I played two years of collegiate soccer at Florida College. I am finishing up the last classes of my Liberal Studies degree and am in the process of applying to occupational therapy programs. I recently got married and am enjoying this new phase of life!
Khalib Bayona, Berkeley Preparatory School, Class of 2018
I am attending The University of Tampa and I expect to graduate in 2022. I am on UT's baseball team. Some of my plans include starting on the baseball team and then keep working my way up the chain with baseball or if not then do something with medicine like Athletic Training or Physical Therapy.
Dominique Eule, Tampa Catholic HS, Class of 2016
I am currently attending University of Texas at Dallas, where I am a part of the Women's Basketball team. I plan to graduate in December of 2020. Last summer I had an internship with Entrust Datacard at the Project and Service Management Intern. My plan is to have another internship this coming summer.
Chandler Carr, Brooks DeBartolo HS, Class of 2018
West Virginia University, 2022, I am on the bowling team, I plan on going to medical school.
Emily Evangelista, H.B. Plant HS, Class of 2016
I attend Northeastern University on a soccer scholarship. I just finished an internship at MIT's MicroBio Center working in next-generation sequencing in sample prep and quality control. I plan to graduate in Dec of 2020 and attend medical school after commencement.
Micaela Torres, King High School, Class of 2017
I am currently in the Pre- Nursing program at Florida State University and hope to become a nurse practitioner. This is my second year running for Florida State's cross country and track team and I am loving every minute of it. Go Noles!
Clifford Adjei, Wharton HS, Class of 2017
I attend St. Thomas Aquinas College (College 2021), playing Men's Soccer.
Olivia Welsh, Dunedin HS, Class of 2016
I'm currently attending the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and graduating 2020. I'm also on the Track and Field team and compete as a Multi - eventer, so I do the Pentathlon during the indoor season and the heptathlon during outdoor. This past summer, I worked as a Residential Teaching Assistant for a pre-college program at Wharton for high school seniors and absolutely loved it! It was super high paced, but I learned a lot and it was brilliant work experience. Near the end of summer, I was a counselor for the UPenn chapter of Camp Kesem which is a camp for kids whose parents have cancer. It was a life changing experience learning how resilient, brave, and strong these kids were, so I decided to get more involved with the organization and am now the Director for the 2019 camp. As for future professional plans, my goal is to work for a non profit organization or in government, but I'm still narrowing down my options.
Karissa Olsen, Wesley Chapel HS, Class of 2018
I am attending the University of South Florida. I expect to graduate in Spring of 2022. I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences and I plan on going to graduate school to become a physical therapist.
Zach Lehman, Clearwater HS, Class of 2016
I am attending UCF. I am just starting into my junior year since I came into UCF with college credits from high school. I should be set to graduate in early to mid 2020. My first year as a freshman, I made the football team for UCF and I was red shirted that first year. I also maintained the athletic honor role while being part of the team. The next year, last year, we went all season undefeated including our Peach bowl game in Atlanta against Auburn live on TV! Being red shirted my first year, making me still a freshman last year, I did not play in the game but, I was part of everything none the less, which was so awesome. That was one of the most exciting and fun times of my life. As a team we participated in many community events and met a lot of great people.
Emily Leonard, Wiregrass Ranch High School, Class of 2018
Emily is currently in her junior year at Mercer University and competes as an NCAA Division 1 beach volleyball player for the Bears! Sports have helped Emily gain personal confidence and learn the importance of discipline, responsibility and time management. She plans to continue her education in a physical therapy graduate program in 2022.
Sammy Punt, First Academy of Leesburg, Class of 2019
Sammy is a sophomore at Anderson University, currently majoring in Secondary Math Education, and enjoys participating in intramurals and being a Resident Advisor. He feels sports taught him to always “finish strong” no matter what task is at hand. Sammy hopes to pass along his lessons learned, on and off the field, by coaching basketball or football in the future.
Isabel Minnis, Jefferson High School, Class of 2018
Isabel attends Iona College where she studies Adolescent Education with a concentration in Spanish and is a member of the Division 1 Killian Swim Team. She enjoyed coaching last summer with the Texas Trophy Club Tritons Swim Team who won the TAAF State Championship! Isabel credits her high school club swim coach, Alex Richardson, for teaching her about persistence in and out of the pool.