August Scholar-Athlete: Hayley Haagsma
August 15, 2013
By Kayla Curry
Senior Texas Tech soccer player Hayley Haagsma has her goals set high to finish out her college career even stronger than it started.
Haagsma's goal for her senior year is to bring home a Big 12 trophy.
"Winning the Big 12," Haagsma said, "would be the cherry on top to all the hard work that this senior class has put in this year and over the last 3 years."
Texas Tech's head soccer coach Tom Stone agrees that this would be a great way to end the season, and he is confident with the girls on his team, especially Haagsma.
"We have some of the best students on campus," Stone said, "and Hayley is certainly is one of our best."
Haagsma is known as one of the best because she not only excels on the soccer field, but she also excels in the classroom.
She is able to perform at a high level because of the work ethic that was instilled in her at a young age.
"I feel like my work ethic in the classroom came from seeing my sister go through," Haagsma said, "and doing so well and just family competition. I was always trying to do as well as she did."
This healthy competition eventually led to Haagsma having a work ethic that resulted in her earning the prestigious honor of senior class salutatorian at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, Calif.
"It's something I can look back on and be proud of," Haagsma said. "It gave me the foundation for academics for college."
Haagsma set such a strong foundation for college that she was one of only seven Big 12 athletes to obtain a 4.0 GPA in the spring of 2013.
She said she was completely unaware of the fact that she had achieved such a great honor because her GPA isn't her main focus.
"I don't focus on a set number," Haagsma said, still in shock from the great news. "I just always make sure I'm doing the best that I can so I can achieve the goal I've had since I've been in elementary school, of becoming a nurse."
Haagsma logged a team-high 2,032 minutes in 2012 as well as being named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team after securing 4.0 GPA in Human Development and Family Studies.
Stone said it is Haagsma's strict personality that allows her to be successful with both aspects of her life.
"Hayley doesn't allow anything to slip in her life," Stone said. "She's a bit of a perfectionist, so it's not a surprise that she's great in school."
Haagsma credits her success to her faith and the support system she has around her.
"One of the most important things to me is my faith," Haagsma said. "I've been really fortunate to find a team, a coaching staff and some friends that share that same faith as me. It's so much easier to live your faith out when you have that around you. It makes you better."
Stone believes that whatever the reason Haagsma has already left a lasting mark on the Texas Tech soccer program.
"We couldn't ask for a whole lot more from her," Stone said, "so she's going to be almost impossible to replace."
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