ALFRED – Alfred State Director of Athletics Jason Doviak brought back alum Michayla Salatel and presented her with a well-deserved award on Homecoming.
In 2019, Michayla carried a nearly perfect GPA during her four-year career in Financial Planning.
Michayla was also a four-year athlete and excelled in two sports. While playing soccer, she played in 62 games scoring 42 goals and 15 assists for a total of 99 points. Michayla earned ACAA Co-Player of the Year honors in soccer in both 2017 and 2018.
In her three seasons of basketball, she tallied 228 points and knocked down 44 three-pointers. She also added 131 rebounds, 178 assists, 59 steals, and 11 blocks.
Unfortunately, Michayla was injured in the ACAA semi-final soccer game at Finlandia College in Michigan and was unable to play basketball during her senior year.
At the Alfred State Athletics Awards banquet in 2019, Michayla was narrowly edged out in both the academic award and the female athlete of the year award. Doviak recalls that evening with great disappointment to not be able to honor an individual who epitomized the term student-athlete. That feeling was never forgotten and the reason the AD Award was created.
This award now recognizes student-athletes who have exhibited a high level of success during competition, in the classroom, been involved with SAAC, community service, and supporting the Athletic Department.
Doviak stated, “It was a very rewarding moment being able to present Michayla with the recognition that she earned and deserved. To present this award to her in front of a great crowd on Homecoming with her family and friends present made it that much more special.” Doviak also added, “Whenever I present this award to future student-athletes, I will always think of her.”