UCF Women's Soccer Duo Earns Diplomas



May 14, 2012

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - A pair of women's soccer student-athletes recently joined UCF's ever-growing alumni base. After capping their athletic careers with one of the most successful seasons in school history, Katie Jackson and Stacie Hubbard received their bachelor's degrees in biology and interdisciplinary studies, respectively, in early May.

Hubbard, who earned NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team honors in 2011, plans to teach ninth-grade English and hopes to pass along the knowledge she gained as a student-athlete when she coaches girls' golf and soccer.

"Playing soccer for UCF taught me responsibility and how to work within a team," Hubbard said. "I've learned how to work with people from various backgrounds and how to deal with different circumstances."

A starter in every game of the Knights' Elite Eight season in 2011, Jackson hopes to gain coaching experience over the next year before seeking a position as a graduate assistant coach. She also is considering applying to a scholastic program in the medical field.

Whatever her future holds, Jackson knows her time spent at UCF has prepared her well as she transitions into the professional field.

"Playing four years at UCF required a lot of dedication," Jackson said. "After three years of losing in the round of 32, we finally overcame that barrier our senior year. The ability to continue working hard even in the face of adversity will help when facing tough obstacles in the next stages of life."

As for the final member of UCF's class of 2012, standout goalkeeper and Lowe's Senior CLASS member Aline Reis graduated in December 2011 and will serve as a director of operations for the team in fall 2012.