Oct. 10, 2001
Right Down the Road... By: Jeff Clark Student Assistant for FSU Sports Information
Travel down the road about twenty miles south of Tallahassee and you will arrive in the hometown of junior outside hitter Erica Bunch. The small town of Crawfordville, with a population of near 10,000 people, is where Erica calls home.
Bunch is the first local player to ever sign with the Seminole volleyball program. The decision to play for Florida State University was not difficult for Erica. With family ties to Florida State University, she was born and raised a Seminole.
"I chose Florida State because a lot of my family have gone here," Bunch said. "My grandfather went here, my cousin graduated from here and my cousin goes here now. I was born and raised a Seminole."
Bunch was a two-sport athlete at Wakulla High School, where she participated in volleyball and basketball. She was a standout volleyball player, earning all-state honors as a junior and a senior. She chose to play volleyball at the collegiate level with encouragement from her mother.
She strives to be the best she can be on and off the court. She is a three-year starter for the Seminole team. In the previous two seasons, Bunch played in 51 matches. She believes that her accomplishments on the court aren't as important as those off the court.
"I can't say that I have had a greatest accomplishment yet," Bunch said. "When I graduate, that will probably be my biggest accomplishment."
Bunch believes that it is necessary to give back to the community. She participates in community service activities with the team as well as individually. From the time she was in high school, Bunch has participated in volleyball and basketball camps for the community youth.
"We do community service as a team and individually we do community service," said Bunch. "I used to coach 8-12 year old youth basketball and I have also done volleyball camps at Florida State."
The interest she has in helping others stems from a minor learning disability from which she suffers. Due to this disability, she has needed some assistance in learning. This disability has caused her to strive even harder to reach her goals and to encourage others to do the same. That is the reason for her interest in helping others through community service and teaching.
"I am really intrigued by people that need help," Bunch said. "It encourages me when there is somebody who wants the help and needs the help. I would love to teach. Watching kids progress makes you feel good about yourself."
Her desire to help others influenced her to change her major at Florida State University from criminology to sport management. She is not sure where this road might lead her, but she would like to continue working with others in a sport atmosphere.
"I don't know what I want to be when I grow up," said Bunch. "I want to coach a really successful volleyball program and win three or four state championships. I will just go from there."
She chose the road that led her from a small town just a few miles from Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. Now as her college days grow few, she must begin to look for a new road that will lead her to new opportunities and challenges.