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Gulf Coast 2024 Kali Cleary Commits to USF!

Congratulations to Kali on her college choice and good luck in the future!

Kali Cleary

High School
Gulf Coast High School


College Choice
USF (University of South Florida)

Why did you choose this college?
I chose USF because they have a team of administrators that will help and care for you. When I stepped on campus, I knew this was the place for me. I absolutely love the coaching staff and they are so kind.

What Advice Would You Give Those Starting the Recruiting Process?
I would say to email at least 40 schools when you send out all your emails. Your top school might not be the one you go to, you need to have a big list.

Who Would You Like to Thank for Getting You to Here?
I would like to thank my parents for everything they have sacrificed for me. I would like to thank my high school coaches, Lynn Garrison & Bo Garrison, they pushed me and had high standards for me. I would like to thank my club coaches, Mike Molster and Sarah Burlingame for teaching me new things every time I see them, they are the kindest people. I would also like to thank my AD Alan Scott, he has taught me new ways to think about situations and has helped me improve my leadership role. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without these people in my life.

What are your first memories of the sport?
I remember my first lacrosse practice so clearly because I hated lacrosse. I cried and begged my mom not to have me tryout because I liked softball and didn’t know anyone that was there. After my first practice I absolutely fell in love with the sport. I made sure to do walk ball every day after school and practice because I wanted to be the best I could be at lacrosse.

What is Your Favorite Memory From Your High School Career?
My favorite memory from my high school career was winning the first-round playoffs. My team hasn’t won playoffs in 12 years. I got the ball on defense with 1 minute left so that made us win the game.

What is Your Stick Brand? And Why?
I play with a Gait whip stick. I absolutely love it; it has the perfect amount of whip on it but not too much.

Do You Watch College & Pro Games and What Are You Watching for to Make You a Better Player?
I watch college games for fun, but I also watch for new dodges to do or watch a backer zone.

What’s Your Go-To Meal After a Game?
I love a good smoothie but after high school games it’s Chick-fil-A.

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