by Amelia Schlichting
Taylor Cockerill, a freshman on the women’s basketball team, has been playing the game ever since she was little and there was no question that she wanted to play in college.
Cockerill went to high school in Sterling, Nebraska for her first three years. For her senior year, Cockerill transferred to Waverley High School. Cockerill’s father, John Cockerill, was her coach for all four years. Cockerill considers him to be her biggest inspiration.
During high school, Cockerill also played volleyball and track. She earned many academic honors, as well.
Other colleges in the GPAC conference were trying to recruit her, but Cockerill chose Concordia for multiple reasons.
“I love the Christian atmosphere, love the team and players, and feel at home at Concordia,” said Cockerill.
College basketball has been an adjustment for Cockerill, but she has started off the season averaging 11.5 points per game for a total of 92 points in eight games. Cockerill was selected as one of five players on the Cattle Classic All-Tournament team, chosen from players of all four tournament teams.
“College basketball is a faster pace [with a] new coach and new team,” said Cockerill. “But it’s a lot of fun here.”
Cockerill is a biology major. Beyond the classroom and court, Cockerill enjoys spending time with friends – especially watching movies and going out to eat.