Alex Matsuoka

What do you think about when you hear the words “dream crazy”? 

 I think about what I want to be when I’m older and how to get there and just not being afraid to attack your dreams and doing stuff that may scare you, but will help you in the future.

How has Women in Flight given you a more fulfilling experience as a student-athlete? 

I think they’ve allowed our team to become closer through team-building things. They took us to Loon Lake, where we got to go swimming and on jet skis and just boat around the lake and really get to know each other and build a community outside of the field. 

What would you say if you could go back and give your younger self advice?

I think not to be afraid. Sometimes it’s scary when you’re on a new team or when you’re trying something out, but if you’re able to give 100% every time, you’re always going to be improving, and there’s nothing more that you can ask from yourself.

What’s your favorite element of Women in Flight you’ve been able to experience? 

I’m still a freshman, but I think, just knowing that there’s a support system out there of other female athletes who have been through the same thing and who are willing to support us and help us grow as student-athletes.

What has Title IX allowed you to accomplish as a female athlete?

I think just being able to feel comfortable and vulnerable in situations because there are people there to back you up, and there are systems in place in order to help support us. 

What are you passionate about, outside of sports?

I’m passionate about coaching younger kids and giving back to the community, and I also really like reading and gaining knowledge through books. My favorite is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, and I also like Where The Crawdads Sing. Those are my top two picks.

How did you get into coaching?

On my club team back home, you can coach once you’re committed. I like that because when I was younger, I looked up to older girls who were coaching, and I wanted to follow in their footsteps. And I want to be able to do that for younger girls the past two summers. 

Do you have a favorite coaching memory or moment? 

I think my favorite is when a girl makes her first catch with the ball, cause it gets kind of hard when you start playing. So, it was really fun seeing the look on their faces and how excited they get by something that I find is so simple. But I also remember when I first did that, so I think it’s really cool.

When did you get into reading?

I started carrying around chapter books when I was in preschool, and I would pretend that I could read them. Then grade one is when I seriously started, with the Magic Tree House books and stuff like that. 

Where do you see yourself after you’re done playing? 

I think I’d like to coach on the side and especially through college and then out of college for a bit, but I want to be a sports agent. So, coach on the side, but hopefully I’ll excel in that field too!