Delp Takes Talents to Temple

Posted on February 21, 2012 by

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For Alyssa Delp, 2011 was a very successful year.

Fleetwood’s star field hockey player was seen in the Reading Eagle at least three times per week during the fall season. She was named County Player of the Year, All-Berks, and first team All-State in her senior year. Along with her individual achievements, Delp helped bring home a county championship and led her team to the second round of PIAA Playoffs.

The 5’4” senior midfielder accomplished all of this after committing to play field hockey at the University of Temple. One might think that, after committing, a player might lack enthusiasm to continue to play well. However, Delp kept working hard to get better, and it showed this year.

In July, she narrowed it down to her top three schools: Indiana University, University of Delaware, and University of Temple.

“I chose Temple because, overall, it was the best school I visited. I had the most fun on their campus during my visit to Temple. The coaches are nice, and the current players really seemed to enjoy being there,” Delp said.

Since freshman year, the coaches at Temple have been after Delp. She received emails twice a week from the head coach, Amanda Janney. Coach Janney was trying to get to know Alyssa, not just to convince her to go to Temple.

“Our first phone conversation was two hours long. Knowing me as a person was slightly more important to her than knowing me as a player,” Delp said.

Coach Janney saw her play in the Indoor Nationals at Virginia Beach, Virginia, during the winter of her freshman year. The coaches at Temple would continue to see her at various showcases and tournaments during Alyssa’s time with High Styx, a field hockey travel team. Coaches also came to a few high school games during district and state playoffs.

On Wednesday, 1 February, 2012, Delp signed her National Letter of Intent to take her talent to North Philly. The ceremony took place in the FAHS library at 4:00 p.m. Eastern/Standard time with friends, teammates, coaches, and family in attendance. Alyssa’s parents, coach Joyce Angsadt, and Delp herself each made speeches. The festivities were topped off by delicious, red velvet cupcakes.

“It went smoothly,” Delp said.

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