By: Olivia Dominguez
Boss (n) A person who makes decisions, exercises authority, dominates, etc.
Softball Star and Hometown Glory
Starting at the young age of 3, Chelsea Gonzales was working her way to dominating the softball field. Now, at 21, Chelsea gets to express her love for the sport every day when she steps onto the field for the Arizona State University Sun Devils as their starting shortstop. However, not only is Chelsea an athlete, she’s also a dedicated student. Her academic achievement will be recognized when she graduates this spring in Tempe, Arizona.
Cruising in the Top 10 at #8 on ASU’s all home run list, Gonzales credits most of her success to her father. Growing up he was her first coach and biggest role model aside from her older sister. These two backbones in her life are what gave her the push she needed to start her athletic academic career. According to Chelsea, her dad was, “by far the best and still is the best coach” she has ever had”. But, he isn’t the only coach who has recognized her greatness. Current ASU coach Ford stated in an interview,”you want to have that kind of season to put your stamp on the program and she has”. As a senior playing in her last year, Gonzales goes on to say she appreciates the encouragement and recognition from her coach and teammates, but she’s technically “just doing her job”. “Coach Ford expects myself and [other] senior Sashel Palacios to step up because we have been [here] and gone through [this] before so we have an idea of what needs to be done and she expects nothing less”.
She remembers feeling empowered, specifically on the blacktop in elementary school. There, she could keep up with the boys playing kickball or soccer. Her drive and passion fueled on the blacktop has given her a lifetime of experiences by choosing to fuel the fire and love for competition. Although Gonzales leads her team in offensive stats, she just wants to be remembered, “by always having a smile on [her] face and laughing with [her] teammates”.
All this success, but where did it all come from? It came from years of having to balance homework, life, and softball(even though life can equal softball!). However, that isn’t to say that Super Woman on the field didn’t face any trials and tribulations. Gonzales expressed how she wishes she was more focused during her freshman year of college. But, like the well-rounded woman she is, she was able to recompose herself in her new setting and take a step back to look at her priorities, school and then softball. By doing this for herself, Chelsea will be walking across the stage in May graduating from ASU as a former student-athlete.
Even though her academic athletic career might be ending this year, her involvement with ASU softball will not. Continuing her love for softball and the Sun Devil family, Chelsea will be returning to the dugout next year as the GA(Graduate Assistant) for the ASU softball team. In addition to becoming the Grad Assistant, Chelsea will be pursuing her Master’s at ASU this coming fall.
If that isn’t a #GIRLBOSS, then I don’t know what is!