Junior, Mechanical Engineering
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Dothan native Kasey Cooper is a junior student-athlete majoring in mechanical engineering and plays third base for the Auburn Softball Team. She was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2014 as well as the Golden Key International Honor Society for being in the top 15 percent of her class after her freshman year. One of her greatest moments came during the Texas A&M series in 2014, when the walk-off win put the team in the SEC Tournament. Cooper became the first Auburn player to be named an All-American in her first two collegiate seasons and was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American last season. In January, Cooper was selected to be on the USA Women's National Team and will represent the United States this summer in the World Cup of Softball XI, the WX World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's World Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and the Japan Cup. She is currently Auburn's all-time RBI leader.
1. How do you keep the momentum up as the softball team continues to move up in the polls each week?
Our goal is to win the Women's College World Series. We know that moving up in the polls is a byproduct of us achieving that goal. Therefore, we just try to treat every weekend like it is a super-regional—meaning we have to win two out of three games to make it back to the World Series.
2. You've been in the news a lot lately with all of your accolades, so what is your individual goal and how do you hope to achieve it?
My goal is to be the best Kasey Cooper for the team that I can be which includes preparing the younger players to be confident and ultimately successful in pressure situations. I am just one piece of the puzzle it will take to win a National Championship.
3. What are your pregame rituals with the team and how do you all unwind from intense games?
Our pregame rituals are listening to very loud music, playing hacky-sack and putting on our make-up. We all unwind by eating, hanging out and taking study breaks together. If it is after an intense win, we let ourselves just enjoy the moment so we can be focused and ready for what's next. Yesterday's runs won't count in tomorrow's game.
4. You're in mechanical engineering, which is a difficult curriculum, so how do you handle being a student and an athlete?
I have to keep everything on a very strict schedule. The Department of Mechanical Engineering as a whole is very understanding and accommodating to my situation. Professors hold additional office hours and answer late night emails while my fellow classmates provide me with notes from any lectures that I miss due to softball. I would not be successful without my Auburn Family.
5. What is the best piece of advice you've been given and that you would offer to others?
"You're good enough." –Coach Casey Myers.
Last Updated: May 2, 2016