Getting to Know: Ellie Cooper
Freshman Ellie Cooper shares about her life, family and why she chose Florida State.
Oct. 17, 2013
How different is college softball to high school or travel ball?
It's a lot different. One, because there's so many more girls. There's so many more people on the team. Also, a lot more personality and age difference. I've played on summer teams where there were some older girls and younger girls, but there's more of a diversity of girls on this team, which is good and I like it a lot. It's also more complicated, but I'm learning a lot. I'm learning something new every day. Back in high school and on my travel ball teams there wasn't as much coaching going on as there is here, where every day you are learning something new and working on something. It's good, I love it.
What is one thing you need to do in the morning, otherwise you feel like your day has gotten off to a bad start?
Eat breakfast. I have to eat breakfast. I know some people are like, `Oh, I don't eat breakfast,' or `I'm not a breakfast person,' but I have to eat breakfast otherwise I'm not functional.
What is your favorite breakfast?
I'm living in a college dorm now, so it is not really possible, but eggs are my go-to for breakfast. I don't have that very often though.
Your dad, Russell, had a very successful softball career. How much did that affect your love of the game?
A lot. Ever since I grew up, he would always put a ball and glove in my hand. I always played other sports, too. My parents never forced me to play softball, but it's just in the blood I guess. It also helped a lot having a dad who could throw actual batting practice.
What is the most surprising thing you have experienced at college, either athletically or otherwise?
The most surprising thing for me is definitely how time consuming school is. Throughout high school, I didn't take AP classes. I still had hard classes, but I didn't have homework every night like I do now. I have studying or homework to do every night and that's a lot different than high school.
What made you choose Florida State?
I chose Florida State - one, because I wanted to get out of the Midwest and experience something new. I've always wanted to come down south eventually. The coaching here was another aspect, I really liked the coaches. I liked how family-orientated it was and I knew that I'd feel comfortable here. Being far from home, I knew that if I came here I'd still have a family. They showed that a lot during my visits. Every time I came here, it was just comfortable and I wasn't scared and didn't worry about too much. Being far away from home and knowing that Coacha, Travis and Craig help make it a big family, I really liked that.
What are things you like to do when you are outside of sports or school?
I like to sleep. I'm a sleeper. If I lived by a beach, it would definitely be, `Go to the beach.' I'm a beach girl and love going to the beach. I haven't been able to get out the beach here in Florida yet, but it will happen.
What is something about yourself that people would find hard to believe?
I'm kind of a softie at heart. On the field, I'm pretty tough mentally and I can hold my own, but I'm a little softie at heart. I like the movies that can make you cry.
What was the best vacation you have ever been on?
Definitely Cape Town, South Africa. I went there and played with the New Zealand Junior National Team and it was really cool. It was like a completely different world, but they still speak English. It was really pretty and I was there for about a month, so we got to see it all. The poverty and the richness in one city was crazy. On one side of the street would be a shantytown while the other side had mansions.
How has the transition been from high school in Missouri to college here in Florida?
It's been going well. I'm used to being away from home. Like I said, I was in South Africa away from my mom and dad and in a different country and had to adjust that way. I've been to Canada a couple of times without my parents, just playing and having to be away and adjust on my own and figure it out for myself. So that's helped a lot. The weather is awesome. Right now, I'll look at pictures online of people (back home) all bundled up and I'm in shorts and a t-shirt. I hate the cold and had to get out of the cold. The palm trees are pretty cool though, you don't really see that in Missouri.