Once day dreaming about being an astronaut, Coyle now sets her goals on winning championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After redshirting 2007 because of injury, sophomore Aisling Coyle had a standout rookie season, earning second-team NFHCA All-West Region and All-Big Ten selection in 2008.

The Glasgow, Scotland, native started all 21 games in the midfield for Ohio State a season ago and tied for third on the team with 17 points.

Growing up with dreams of orbiting the Earth, Coyle has used her athletic prowess to navigate the world, playing field hockey in a variety of different countries.

Coyle continues the 2009 Q&A feature on, sharing her thoughts on life as an Ohio State student-athlete, as well as her favorite TV show to DVR.

Check back next week as Buckeye Nation has the opportunity to learn more about Ohio State keeper and Coyle’s roommate, Ali Ristas.

On the serious side …
Athletically, what are your personal and team goals this season?
“Big Ten Champions, NCAA Champions.”
How do you balance the pressure of athletics and academics?
“I think field hockey helps with balancing academics because you are always on a schedule and know when things have to be done. I think otherwise I would leave everything until the last minute.”

Who has made the greatest influence on you as a student-athlete?
“There are so many people but probably a coach when I was growing up like Craig Parnham or Matthias Ahrens.”
Now for some quick hits …
My OSU roommates for 2009-10 are: Melissa Palm (B.C.) and Ali Ristas
My favorite home-cooked meal: Seafood
Growing up, my wildest career ambition was: To be an astronaut, I remember doing a speech about it in school. 
My favorite song to work-out to is: “Born Slippy” – Underworld

Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State: Art

Best part about road games: Seeing new places, eating at great restaurants and winning! Also knowing B.C. will forget an important item and will spend hours considering how to tell the coaches.

Coolest place I’ve competed at: Holland
Show I always DVR: Gossip Girl. XOXO

Top song on my MP3 player: Any Kings of Leon

I’m most proud of: Playing for the greatest college in the U.S.