Sports Spotlight: Meghan Cokely '16

November 04, 2015

Meghan Cokely

Meghan just became the first Simmons tennis player to win 100 matches! We asked her a few questions.

What are you studying at Simmons?

I'm majoring in neuroscience and behavior with a cognitive track and double minoring in computer science and biostatistics.

What drew you to your major?

I've always been interested in the way the criminal mind works as far as why people commit crimes and the influences that they are surrounded by that push them in that direction. My interest in this field started when I was a junior in high school. I had the opportunity to visit Middleton Jail and interview prisoners. I found their stories very intriguing and wanted to learn more about each person on a personal level rather than just assuming their criminal lifestyle as their identity.

What sport do you play? What position?

I am co-captain of the tennis team. I play first doubles and second singles.

How do you balance being a student athlete?

I love being a student athlete! It keeps me focused during the school year. I'm always being pushed to do my best whether it's in the classroom or on the tennis court.

What's your favorite sports moment in your Simmons career?

When my doubles partner and I beat Williams College -- the number 1 team in the country -- for Division Three.

How does it feel to be the first player in program history to reach the 100-win plateau?

It feels absolutely amazing to reach 100. I remember my assistant coach telling me that during her college career she reached 100 and ever since that day I made it my goal to reach the magic number. My goal for the season was to break the record for most career singles wins, doubles wins and over all victories. As of the end of the season, I completed the trifecta.

What's your breakfast routine before a match?

A waffle with strawberries and an iced coffee.

Do you have any superstitions surrounding matches?

I always have to have 3 earrings in my ears, 4 rings on my fingers and a bracelet on my right wrist. If my opponent flips the score card after the first game I refuse to touch the cards or if I flipped the card the first game I have to flip them for the rest of the match. And I always have to have a new grip before each of my matches. 

How does the new Daly Field impact the school, the team and your teammates?

As a school it gives everyone the opportunity to be in the same place for sporting events. It also encourages us to go to each others games and matches without having to drive all over the place to get to the home site. Athletics finally has a place to store their equipment, host other teams and most importantly have a place they can be proud of and call their own.

What's your Simmons moment?

My favorite Simmons moment would have to be winning the GNAC championships for the eighth year in a row and my fourth time since I have been attending Simmons. I was so proud of my team for coming together and winning. Everyone worked very hard from start to finish to accomplish our goal. We all pushed each other to strive for the best. From the first time I set foot on the court wearing my Simmons jersey I could not have been more proud to be representing my school.