Athlete of the Week: Dani Ackerman

Athlete of the Week: Dani Ackerman

SPORT: Field Hockey

YEAR:  Fourth Year

MAJOR:  Communication Disorders

HOMETOWN: Nesconset

How Did You First Start Playing Field Hockey?

My older sister Jamie started playing field hockey first in our family. She really paved the way for my sisters and I. I’m not sure if I ever would have thought to play if not for her. All four girls in our family now play.

Outside Of Your Sport What Do You Like To Do?

I love going on long runs, especially on the beautiful trails of New Paltz. I have started to take on various races like the New Paltz half marathon, relays up in Albany and even the Nike Women’s Race in Toronto last summer. I’m always striving to get faster and stronger.

Who Are Your Biggest Role Models?

My biggest role model would definitely have to be my older sister Jamie. Jamie played Div. II field hockey at Adelphi University. She is one of the most talented, dedicated and passionate players I have ever watched. 

Are You A Fan Of Any Teams?

Thanks to my two basketball fanatic, younger brothers, I have recently taken a liking toward basketball — specifically the Golden State Warriors. 

Do You Have Any Superstitions?

Before every game starts I have to do my handshake with both Kayla McKeveny and Jess Caruana. It is just one of those things we have to do. I have known these two girls since the high school field hockey days, so we definitely have a strong bond. I also always need to be wearing my New Paltz bracelets from Coach Vitale. 

What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory?

This year’s SUNYAC Championship. Winning this fourth championship was such a rewarding experience. There are four of us seniors that have been here since we won the first championship our freshman year. This was a big moment for all of us and we are so proud of all of the players and coaches that have helped us achieve this amazing accomplishment. We have received enormous support.