Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Where Are They Now: Alex Casals

Who is she? Alexandra Casals, a former outfielder for the Florida International Panthers.

Photo via FIU Athletics
What is she known for? Casals was a member of the Panthers for four seasons, with her finest statistical season coming in her junior year of 2012 when she posted a .308 batting average with thirty-seven hits, including four for extra bases. That same season, Casals made just two errors in the field and stole three bases.

Here's something interesting... At FIU, Casals played her first season for head coach Beth Torina and assistant Lindsay Leftwich, a pair of coaches that are now better known as holding the same positions at LSU.

Quotable quote: 

“Just because you made it on a college team does not mean that you have nothing else to work on or nothing else to learn. Everything in life is a lesson and the softball field is no exception. When I started playing college softball, the biggest reality check for me was that I no longer was the best player or star on the team. In high school and travel ball, I was used to being one of the top players, so I played all the time or I played multiple positions. However, at FIU, I was surrounded by twenty-five other girls who were also the star players on their team. I was surrounded by veterans who knew so much more than me and who were so much better than me. It is very easy to let that discourage you — do not allow it. Ask questions and work to improve yourself every day. When you are struggling with something, practice to get better.”

What's she up to now? After graduating with a criminal justice degree (as well as two minors, including psychology), Alex elected against pursuing law enforcement and instead headed to law school. She graduated in May in the top 6% of her class; during her schooling, she served on the Editorial Board of the Florida Coastal Law Review, a program where the top students of the school edit & publish law journals discussing various aspects of the law. She took the bar exam in July and earlier this week found out that she passed; she now moves on with the ambition of joining the State of Florida as a prosecutor.