After originally verbally committing to Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri last year and being recruited by too many teams to list, although you’ll learn many of them if you keep reading, FHS senior standout student-athlete Alison Godwin signed her letter of intent Thursday afternoon at Fairfield High to play collegiate volleyball for the upstart Hawkeye Community College program that began play just a year ago.
Parents: John and Sarah Godwin
Sibling: Kyle Godwin
Activities/sports: Volleyball, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and elementary mentoring
Other club teams: Iowa Rockets club volleyball
When did you start playing volleyball and why?
I started playing volleyball in fifth grade for Fairfield Attack and then in eighth grade I went on to play for the Iowa Rockets in Iowa City. I started playing volleyball because a lot of my friends from other sports were playing it and I thought it looked like something I would enjoy participating in.
When did you think you would want to and or could play at the next level?
I first thought about playing at the next level in eighth grade when I went to Iowa Rockets and almost every girl there had already started the recruiting process.
When did the recruiting process start?
For me, it started around eighth grade when I began playing higher level club volleyball in bigger tournaments in places like New Orleans, Denver, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and everywhere in-between where more coaches had the chance to see me play.
Who all contacted you?
Just to name a few: Nebraska-Omaha, Mount Mercy, Hannibal-LaGrange, Grandview, Simpson, William Penn and Central
What led to your choice?
The reason I chose Hawkeye Community College is because it has a great atmosphere, feels like a home away from home and I would get the opportunity to help build up a program that is only in their second year.
What non-sports things do you like about the school or area?
I like how the school is in a perfect location because it is not in a large city, but is very close to one.
Concerned about getting homesick?
Yes a little bit, but I think once I adapt to the school and volleyball schedules I will feel right at home.
What is your go-to meal when you have to cook for yourself?
Mac and Cheese or egg sandwhich.
Biggest challenge in your mind adjusting to college life or game?
My biggest challenges will probably be being away from home, having to adjust to a whole new lifestyle and making new friends.
What position do you expect to play for them and what role have they said they see you in?
They have told me to expect to play right side in order to have a big blocking presence on the outside hitter.
It’s a two-year school, right?
Looking to play after Hawkeye?
What will you be studying?
Thank you’s to whomever you want.
I would like to say thank you to my parents for coming along on this journey with me and encouraging me at all times and also thank you to my Fairfield and Iowa Rockets coaches, because I would not be where I am today without them.