By Justin Couture
JWU Athletic Communications
With all the specialization in youth sports, a two-sport athlete is rare these days, especially at the collegiate level, but Ally Mishol has performed at a high level for a pair of teams at Johnson & Wales University. For three seasons she had a tremendous impact on the JWU women's basketball and softball programs.
A native of Longmeadow, Mass., Mishol was actually a three-sport athlete during her freshman year at Western New England University. After learning about JWU's successful sport, entertainment and event management program, the prospects of playing multiple sports and pursuing a SEEM degree were too much for her to pass up.
"The past three years I have been able to play both basketball and softball, while enjoying the classes I've taken," Mishol said. "Additionally, Providence is lively and full of opportunities."
When Mishol transferred to Johnson & Wales she was joining a pair of top-level programs. The women's basketball team was coming off an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and the softball program had just won the second of its four-straight GNAC titles.
She rose to the challenge on both the hardwood and softball diamond. Mishol played in 74 basketball games, making 62 starts while scoring 844 points and grabbing 465 rebounds. On the softball field, she played 123 games with a .272 batting average.
This year was Mishol's best as part of the softball team. She hit .310 with seven home runs, which ranks sixth on the JWU single-season charts to earn Second-Team All-GNAC honors. More than efforts on the field, Mishol has been a great leader for her teammates.
"Ally is always smiling and always there for her teammates," softball head coach Kim Camara-Harvey said. "She is a true leader who steps up whenever needed in a positive manner, no matter the situation."
At the annual athletics banquet, she was honored with the Ron Bachman Award for academics, athletics, and leadership which is presented to the outstanding female and male senior-athlete who has excelled both academically and athletically while demonstrating outstanding leadership on and off the field. Mishol also excels in the classroom with a 3.92 grade point average.
Sports have been a big part of Mishol's life since she was a kid and her family has played a big role in her success. Both of her parents drove her to more practices and games than she can count and her father Michael coached her along the way. During her three years at JWU, he could also be found in the stands at the Wildcat Center or behind the plate at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex softball field.
"They've spent so much of their time helping me practice and get better and I will forever be grateful for," Mishol said of her parents. "They've helped me become the player and person I am today."
While her playing days will now be relegated to pick up games and rec leagues, Mishol will still be invested in athletics. She has been accepted into the MBA program at Providence College and will be an athletic facilities and operations graduate assistant starting this fall.