Get to know UTSA women’s basketball junior forward Elyssa Coleman in this Q&A.
Q: Why did you choose UTSA?
Elyssa Coleman: “I chose UTSA because of my earlier relationship with Coach Aston. We have been building our relationship since I was a junior in high school. I also chose UTSA since it wasn’t too far from home.”
Q: What do you like most about being a student-athlete at UTSA?
Elyssa Coleman: “What I like most about being a student-athlete here at UTSA is that all the athletes are pretty close-knit with each other. The community truly rallies around UTSA so we have a lot of support here.”
Q: How did you first get involved in playing basketball?
Elyssa Coleman: “I began playing basketball at 7 for my city’s little league.”
Q: What are you majoring in and what do you hope to do following your athletic career?
Elyssa Coleman: “I just finished my undergraduate degree in sociology in December. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Public Administration. After my athletic career, I hope to go into some sort of Human Resources department and further down the line get into some non-profit work.”
Q: Is there any special significance behind the number that you wear?
Elyssa Coleman: “I have realized that I am nothing by myself, which is why I chose the number 0.”
Q: What is an interesting fact about you that most people might not know?
Elyssa Coleman: “I am into various genres of music including indie, jazz, r&b, rap, rock, alternative, etc.”
Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Elyssa Coleman: “The most influential person in my life is my dad because, no matter what is happening in life, he remains level-headed. No matter how old he gets he understands that he is constantly learning and evolving which I strive to be and do.”
Q: Who is your sports role model?
Elyssa Coleman: “My sports role model is my brother Jacody Coleman mainly because my goal early in my athletic career was to be as great in my sport as he was in his. Being that we have a 13-year age gap, I got to see his trials and tribulations in football and how he dealt with them with a bit more understanding than if we were a year or so apart.”
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