GREENVILLE – Greenville senior Grace Coakley signed to run cross country and track for Notre Dame College, a Division II school.
“I’ve always loved running,” said Coakley. “I’ve always loved being part of the team, so I feel really honored that I get to continue to do something that I love.”
“Every time you lose a senior, especially a four year letter winner it’s kind of a sad day, but it’s always good to move on to the next level,” said Greenville Track and Field Coach Bill Plessinger. “It will be a great experience for her.”
Coakley, the daughter of Stephanie and Scott Lind, and Joe Coakley plans to major in intelligence studies, a study in data analytics, statistics and computers.
They have a good academic program that I was interested in and I like the area being close to a big city with a lot of opportunities,” Coakley stated. “I am really looking forward to it.”
It is no surprise that Coakley excels at track as her mother is the head Green Wave cross country coach and the distance coach for the Greenville High School track team.
Coakley has excelled in many track events for the Lady Wave including running distances between 200 and 3,200 meters while excelling in the 800 and 1,600 runs.
“Versatility; the versatility has made her great.” Plessinger said of Coakley’s biggest strength. “She hasn’t run much as a sprinter but her mom makes her run the 200 once in a while for a workout and her times are in the top five or six in the 200 – and she’s not a sprinter.”
“She’s one of our top 400 runners, she is our best 800 runner, she’s our best 1,600 runner and she runs the 3,200 and she runs it pretty well,” added Plessinger. “She is very versatile.”
“I really loved the coach up there and a couple of teammates that I met,” Coakley said of Notre Dame. “They were really nice.”
At Notre Dame College, Coakley plans to run the 1,500 meters or 5,000 meters for the NCAA Division II team.
“I would just like to keep progressing, get some more personal records, best times,” Coakley said of her college cross country and track goals. “Hopefully do well for the team, score some points and contribute as a teammate.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Stephanie Lind (mother), Grace Coakley and Scott Lind (stepfather). Not pictured is Joe Coakley (father). (Gaylen Blosser photo)