In the past three seasons, senior Kristen Morcone has played in 108 games with 95 starts for the LIU Post women’s softball team. Morcone batted .250 with 19 hits, 15 RBIs and nine runs scored last season. Also in 2011, Morcone tallied one of the Pioneers’ two hits in the first game of the team’s World Series appearance against UC-San Diego. In 2009, she drove in two game-winning runs with RBIs against Caldwell and American International. So far this season, Morcone has a .953 fielding percentage and has counted her first stolen base of her college career.
Name: Kristen Morcone
Major: Physical Education & Health Education
Hometown: Milford, Massachusetts
High school: Milford High School
What made you choose Post?
I really liked the layout of the campus and its location. I also really liked what the softball program had to offer and the level of competition it was at.
What do think the top priority of a college athlete should be?
Time management. Realizing you’re a ‘student athlete’ instead of an ‘athlete student’ is a hard thing to manage, but it will definitely help you in the long run.
Describe your team in three words:
Talented, focused, and confident
Why did you pick your major?
I picked PE and health because I knew it was a career path I would be passionate about and enjoy every single day. I had a lot of great teachers in my life that got me to where I am today, and I hope to do that for kids one day as well.
What is your favorite part of being a student athlete?
One of the reasons why I chose Post was the great camaraderie the athletic department has. All the teams support each other because we’re all one big family striving toward the same goal.
How has your academic experience been here at Post?
My academic experience here at LIU has been great. The PE and Health Departments here at Post has been excellent in preparing me for the real world and for student teaching. They’re all very committed to their jobs and to getting us ready to become teachers one day. All the teachers here at Post are genuinely concerned about our well-beings as students and as people.
What is your favorite memory here at Post?
Winning the super regional and making it to the World Series. I hope to replace that memory this year, however, by winning the World Series.
Who is your favorite athlete?
My favorite athletes are my 22 teammates. Day in and day out, they inspire me to work hard and to get better.
Any favorite pro sport teams?
The New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins
What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to get a teaching job either here or at home in Massachusetts. I would also like to coach softball or volleyball one day.