Courtesy Photo/Jennifer Frost
Frost commits to Franklin Pierce University to play field hockey.
After years as a gymnast, Senior Jennifer Frost decided to try out field hockey in seventh grade. Little did Frost know years later she would be committing to Franklin Pierce to play at the collegiate level.
“When I first started playing field hockey I had just quit gymnastics. A lot of my friends were playing so they convinced me to join,” Frost said. “I was horrible at first but I worked hard and began to get better.”
Frost said that making varsity her freshman year pushed her to believe it was something she could do in college.
“I started looking at colleges my freshman year,” Frost said. “I began by emailing coaches telling them what tournaments I was going to be at, going to college clinics, just trying to be seen by different coaches.”
Frost said she took a special interest in Franklin Pierce University.
“With Franklin Pierce we started talking over email. Then I did an unofficial visit there where I got to tour the school and meet a couple girls on the team,” Frost said. “Then I did an official visit where I got to practice with the team which was really amazing. After discussing the financial and educational side, they pretty much offered me a spot.”
Frost said she knew from the first visit that it was the school for her.
“I really liked the feel of the school. It is a very small school which is better for me and definitely an environment I can thrive in,” Frost said. “I also loved the team, it was a great team environment, all the girls and coaches were all so nice. I just really saw myself fitting in there.”
Frost said what is next for her is officially applying to the school and then in November signing a National letter of intent, which binds her to the school for at least one season. For now though, Frost said she has felt pretty stress free due to the commitment.
“It’s been a huge relief,” Frost said. “All my friends are freaking out right now about where they want to go to college and I already have that figured out so it’s been really relaxing. The minute I committed I was just so relieved and just wanted to tell my parents right away.”
Frost said along the way there are many people she is thankful for but one person stuck out.
“I would really like to thank my coach, Coach Hand. If she hadn’t given me the opportunity to be on varsity my freshman year I really don’t think I would be where I am in field hockey.”
Heidi Hand said she was overjoyed when she found out Frost had committed and felt all of Frost’s hard work was beginning to pay off.
“Every year Jen (Frost) has improved and gained confidence as a player. She sets her teammates up and is not selfish,”Hand said. “Jen’s (Frost) an amazing player. Sometimes I think she is too hard on herself, she just needs to go out and play! Always wish her the best and am excited to watch her continue to progress at the next level.”
Frost said she plans to major in political science and play for Division II
“I’m just looking forward to everything. I’m looking forward to playing there because it's just such a great team,” Frost said. “Playing in college is a whole new experience for me and I’m just really excited for it.”