September 30, 2016
Badin’s Nicole Visse is excited about the opportunities in front of her as she chases both short-term and long-term goals.
Her short-term plan will be to keep the ball out of the goal as a women’s soccer goalie at Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind. Long-term, her goal will be life-saving as an emergency room physician.
“I’m excited,” she said of getting in on the ground floor of the women’s soccer program at IU-East. “It’s a first-year team, a completely new program. I’m super-excited to be a part of that.”
Visse admits she wasn’t sure she was going to play college soccer, but was encouraged to do so by Badin head coach Todd Berkely.
“I told myself if the opportunity presented itself, I would,” she said. “I’m glad it’s happening.”
Berkely pronounced himself “very pleased” that Visse will be playing college soccer.
“IU East will be getting a player who makes them better both on and off the field,” he said. “Nicole embodies the classic team player – very unselfish, with an undying willingness to achieve.
“The key word is ‘coachable,’” Berkely added. “She works hard, she stays after practice to work some more, and she pays attention to what the coaches are asking her to do in order to perfect her goalkeeping technique.”
Visse, a backup goaltender for the Rams, earned a championship ring from Badin’s 2014 Division III state title squad, and helped cement the 2-0 shutout victory over Ottawa-Glandorf High with a few minutes in goal as the final game wrapped up.
“It was a rush,” Visse said of that night at Columbus Crew Stadium. “It was hard to believe we had made it back again (the Rams won the D-III title in 2013 as well) and then it was hard to believe we were about to win again! To be on the field at the end, it was just amazing.”
At IU-East, Visse will pursue her medical career with a biochemistry major, and notes that the hospital in Richmond, Reid Health, is within walking distance of campus.
Visse is one of six AP Scholars – out of 31 Badin students recognized – who is still an undergrad at BHS. She is also a candidate for the school’s National Honor Society tapping in November.
“It shocked me a little bit,” said Visse of the AP Scholars designation. “I don’t take AP classes to be showy – they were just classes I wanted to take.”
If she had any doubts about a future in med school, they were dispelled by a recent incident where she saved a cousin who was choking by giving her the Heimlich maneuver.
“I was a lifeguard all summer and there were no incidents,” she said. “But then I was at my brother’s wedding, sitting around with my cousins, and one of them started choking. I just immediately gave her the Heimlich. It made me think, ‘Yes, I can do this.’”
Visse is the daughter of John and Cathy Visse of Cincinnati and a graduate of St. John Dry Ridge School.
She is the third member of the 2016 Badin High girls soccer team to commit to play college soccer. Senior Abby Lampe, the Rams starting goalkeeper, has committed to Ashland University. Sophomore Macy Harper, a midfielder, has committed to Xavier University.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org