Gracie Gouin '20 Commits to Colby for Softball
Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Gracie Gouin ’20 went to her first college softball game when she was 9 years old. When she came home she told her parents she wanted to play college softball someday.
That day is officially on the horizon.
With a full room of family, teammates and friends at the WMA Athletic Center Jan. 10, Grace signed a letter of commitment to attend and play softball at Colby College in Maine next season.
Gracie, a shortstop and pitcher for the Titans, missed her entire sophomore season as she recovered from ACL surgery. She returned last season to win the team’s Coaches Award.
Gracie on why she chose Colby: “I like the NESCAC, which has a good balance with academics and sports. And when I reached out to Coach (Terren) Allen and Coach (Dorothy) O’Donnell they were amazing. They got back to me right away. They encouraged me to come and see them, and they even drove down to see my games in the middle of the winter. It showed they were serious and committed to building their program. That’s something I wanted to be a part of.”
Gracie on how WMA has prepared her to be a college student-athlete: “WMA helped with finding that balance I know I’m going to need in college. I feel I’ve already found it between my academics and knowing how to balance my free time so I can still get in my workouts and practices and still do well in my classes as well.”
Gracie on signing her letter of commitment: “This day was super exciting, starting in the morning with all my friends telling me they are going to come, and seeing all my family members pull in. It was a good reunion. To see everyone who has helped me over the years in one spot was really special.”
Coach (and father) Jamie Gouin regarding Gracie’s torn ACL: “With her overcoming her injury, I actually think it made her a better softball player – to appreciate the game better and to love the game more instead of taking it for granted. Play every game like it’s your last. It also taught her to spend more time in the weight room and to be a better teammate. I think it gave her that push to be a college player.”
Coach Gouin regarding Gracie committing to Colby: “I think Colby is a perfect fit for her, being a challenging academic school with a brand new facility and a new coach with an agenda to be the best they can. They’re rebuilding a program and starting with new talent so it’s a perfect place to go. The coach has always had an interest in her.”