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AJ Tanner - 2019 Commit

Alyssa 'AJ' Tanner - 2019 (Spirits '01 ECNL)

AJ Tanner
AJ Tanner

I am very excited and proud to announce that I have committed to San Francisco State University to play Division 2 college soccer. I knew from the moment I stepped on the campus that I wanted to go there. The coaches and current players there were so welcoming and they made me feel at home. I knew it was meant to be.

There have been many people who have helped me develop as not only a player but a person as well throughout the years. I want to thank my current San Juan team for always making me laugh and giving me such a fun environment to play in. I would also like to thank my U13 and U14 San Juan Coach, Zeca Neto, for forcing me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to be the best possible player I can be. Thank you, Zeca, for always pushing me to trust in my abilities and take risks and to believe that I could play wherever you put me. I am and will always be so grateful that I was able to have you as a coach. I would also like to thank my current San Juan Coach, Erin Sharpe, for all her hard work and dedication she has put in for the past two years into making me the player I am today. Thank you for navigating me through the long and tiring recruitment process and preparing me for the next level. Lastly, I would like to thank my future SF coaches, Tracy Hamm and Val Henderson, for welcoming me with open arms and giving me the chance to turn my dream of playing college soccer into a reality.

But most importantly, I want to thank my family. Thank you, dad, for helping me get better and pushing me to my limits to ensure I was doing my very best; even though soccer wasn’t your sport and you had no idea how to play. Thank you also for giving me tips and helping me practice and write emails to all the college coaches. Thank you, mom, for always being my number 1 supporter and coming to every one of my games no matter the circumstances. Thank you also for all the practices and games you would drive me to even when you didn’t want to. Finally, thank you to my brother and sister, Chloe and Chase, for always being my little cheerleaders on the sidelines and coming to just about every one of my games, even though most of the time you were forced to.

I am so grateful for these past years at San Juan and I am so excited for the years to come. I can’t wait to be a Gator and play 4 more years of the game I love!