WILLIMANTIC - Brianna Nolan of Watertown is now in her senior year at Eastern Connecticut State University, which is alarming because it doesn’t seem all that long ago that she was a three-sport standout at Watertown High School. Nolan and her ECSU field hockey teammates were among thousands of collegiate athletes nationwide who had their fall seasons pulled out from under them by the coronavirus.
It hasn’t been easy to adapt, but Nolan has, and she recently shared her thoughts by writing a first-person account for USA Field Hockey; it is also available on the ECSU website: gowarriorathletics.com/news/2020/11/24/general-unable-to-get-the-fall-back-warriors-looking-to-spring-ahead.aspx.
Nolan is a three-year member of the field hockey program and a starting midfielder in 2018 and 2019 who came to Eastern after playing three sports for four years at WHS.
A three-sport senior captain, Nolan earned All-State honors twice in field hockey and was an SWC all-league twice in field hockey and twice in the NVL in the high jump in track & field and graduated among the program’s all-time field hockey leaders in scoring.
In her high school athletic career, Nolan was also named Rookie-of-the-Year in field hockey and track, sophomore MVP in track, MVP in field hockey and Coach’s Award recipient in track as a senior and was a member of the 4x100 record-setting relay as a junior.
Academically, Nolan was a member of the national and world language honor societies in each of her final three years.
Academically, Nolan is a high honors student at Eastern and has been a member of the NFHCA National Academic Team and Little East Conference All-Academic Team each year. In a 400 level Spanish Literature class this fall, she is on target to perhaps attain the highest grades in the class.
During breaks in the academic schedule, she also gains valuable classroom experience by serving as a paraprofessional both in Willimantic and Watertown, and has also worked in the Natchaug School After-School Program. At Eastern, she is a member of the Education Club and La Mesa de Español Spanish-speaking club and this fall was involved in a racial justice workshop.
This spring, Nolan will be working toward completing her B.S. Degree in Spanish a year early, while simultaneously beginning work on her M.S. Degree in Elementary Education.
Nolan plans to close out her field hockey career as a graduate student at Eastern in the fall of 2021 and is planning for a career as a first grade teacher.
Since the spring of her freshman year, Nolan has served as a student-worker in Eastern’s Sports Information Office as a member of the SID event staff while also handling a variety of office responsibilities.