As a women's basketball player at MCLA, it is no surprise that Ashley Clawson looks up to legendary Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Now in her final year with the Trailblazers, Clawson hopes to take some of Coach K's legendary wisdom with her into life after college and a possible future career.
Clawson, a senior from Tolland, Connecticut, will graduate in May with a degree in biology with a concentration in pre-occupational therapy. After graduation, she hopes to work as an Occupational Therapist in a children's hospital, but has also entertained the idea of becoming a coach.
The former Tolland High School Women's Basketball Player of the Year didn't travel too far from her hometown to continue her basketball career. It wasn't just the location that made it an easy decision for her. The small campus atmosphere and the opportunities that it provided plus feeling at home her first time on campus made the decision for her.
Outside of her studies and the hardwood, Clawson volunteers every week as a one-on-one mentor at a local elementary school with fellow MCLA students. For Clawson, this has been extremely rewarding because there is no better feeling that putting a smile on a child's face and knowing that you helped make their day special and hopefully made a positive impact on their future.
In 17 games during the 2016-17 season, Clawson has registered 117 points, 68 rebounds, 40 assists and 24 steals. In her first year with the Trailblazers, she scored a career best 16 points in a game at Daniel Webster and added 14 in a loss against WNE while averaging 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 24 starts. She was named the team's Rookie of the Year, made Dean's List, and the MASCAC All-Academic Team.
As her career in Division III comes to a close in the next few months, Clawson credits it for helping preparing her for post-college life. She believes being a DIII athlete provides you with the opportunity to continue playing a sport, while still being able to focus on your academics and getting the whole college experience. It also has given her obtain skills, such as teamwork, time management, and leadership while overall becoming a more well-rounded, confident person.