Dixon set to join Mobile Lady RamsPublished 4:56pm Thursday, July 3, 2014
After one season at Pensacola State College, Sydney Dixon is back in Alabama.
The 2013 Wetumpka graduate signed this spring with the University of Mobile, a school that recruited her out of high school.
“It’s good to be back in Bama,” Dixon said Thursday in a phone interview. “I’ll get to play closer to home, my family and friends will get to see me play more. I’ll miss Florida, but I won’t be too far away.”
A Florida College System Activities Association academic award winner at PSC in 2014, Dixon said she will major in athletic training at UM, something a lot of schools don’t allow.
“It’s difficult and not many people do it. Most colleges won’t let you do that major and play at the same time. I like the environment of the softball team and the academic program. They both are great.”
Her first collegiate softball season went well, the former Lady Indian said. Dixon played second base for the Lady Pirates, who went 25-19, and hit near the bottom of the lineup. With three years of eligibility remaining, the Wetumpka native said it was a big deal for her to continue her career with the Lady Rams, her first choice out of high school.
“I actually contacted (Terri McCormick) coach at Mobile because I needed to go for my major. I contacted her and set up a tryout,” Dixon said. “I didn’t know she was going to offer again. Some coaches do a one-time deal and others show you they really want you.
“It was amazing. I know when they were recruiting me out of high school, I really wanted to go but we couldn’t make that happen. So it was a big deal for them to offer again. I was really excited. It didn’t take me but a couple of days to call back and say I was accepting the offer.”
Joining a program that amassed a 27-23 record last season in the NAIA, Dixon hopes to improve her game and help her new team.
“To become a better player, and by doing that, becoming a better person,” she said. “Softball builds up a lot of character. When you get in those pressure situations, you learn to deal with them a certain way. I hope to better my softball skills and hopefully, I can coach a team at some point.”