Name: Alisha Michelle Briner
Hometown: Mitchell, IN
Major: Elementary Education
Plans for the future?
I hope to teach in a local kindergarten in a first or second grade classroom. I would love to coach a high school girls basketball team but not until I have at least a few years of just teaching under my belt.
Why did you choose to go to IU Southeast?
I choose IU Southeast mainly because of basketball. I had never heard of the school until Coach Farris came to one of my games in high school. After a school visit and seeing the sizes of the classes I was hooked because I knew I wasn't just going to be another number to some professor.
What has been your favorite memory from college?
The friendships that I've made with my classmates as well finding out what I'm really made of when it comes to getting things done in the classroom has been some of my favorite memories. The most rewarding part of being here at IU Southeast has been doing my observations with the kids I've had.
What has been your favorite memory from your career as an athlete?
Junior year (last year) we went 11-0 in the KIAC and won the KIAC tournament as well. We went to the NAIA National tournament in Iowa which wasn't a fun 16 hour bus trip but it was an experience of a lifetime that I would love for the new girls on the team to get the chance to see. We learned a lot about each other being stuck in a hotel for a week together. HA!
What drives you as an athlete?
The fact that I'm not just playing for myself but for the girls on my team and the school really drives me as an athlete. Like most athletes, there's always somebody out there who doubts you as an athlete and I myself had coach after coach tell me I'd never go anywhere in sports until my high school coach had faith in me to help me prove them wrong and that still drives me and always will.
What is a talent outside of your sport that you posses?
Well I used to play the flute when I was in high school and I kind of still can.
What is something very few people know about you?
I'm deaf in my right ear which makes basketball as well as teaching that much harder for me.
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Place to Eat: Janko's Little Zagreb and Lennie's (in Bloomington)
Favorite Beverage: Mt. Dew
Favorite TV Show:The Golden Girls
Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
Favorite Class: Any American History class
Favorite Movie: There's too many to pick from
Favorite Band: I don't have a favorite band but I like country music
Favorite Holiday: Winter
Favorite Web Site: Facebook
Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell
Favorite Actress: Meg Ryan
Favorite Midnight Snack: apple slices and caramel
Favorite Quotes: "When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!" -Coach K
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." -John Wooden
Favorite Pro Team: I don't like pro sports
Favorite Brand of Shoe: Nike
Favorite Colors: Blue
Morning or Night: Night
Eat Out or Cook: Cook
McDonalds or Burger King: McDonalds
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Steak or Fish: Steak
Pro or College: College
Dog or Cat: Cat
Rap or Rock: Rock
Country or Rock: Country
Text or Call: Text
Email or Twitter: E-mail
MySpace or Facebook: Facebook
Dance or Sing: Sing
What is your ringtone: Black Betty by ZZ Top
I spent last summer: Working and taking summer classes
Few people know this, but I: have a boyfriend of four years
What is your current desktop picture?A picture of my boyfriend Derek and our cat Oliver
What do you put on your hamburgers? Cheese and Ketchup