White House Heritage senior Alex Green is used to having busy days.
She plays soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and runs track in the spring, all while trying to stay on top of schoolwork.
Her packed schedule won’t be freeing up any time soon.
Green recently committed to Tennessee Wesleyan to continue her soccer career and study biology, with hopes of eventually going to medical school to become a dermatologist. She also recently started thinking about joining the Lady Bulldogs basketball team too.
“For the longest time, I was like, ‘I’m just going to play soccer (in college),’” Green said. “That was my thing. I never really looked at the basketball side.
“It just so happened that I started (getting recruited) for soccer, and (Tennessee Wesleyan) basketball coach (Jeff Rice) reached out. I figured why not try to play both in college? I’m really thinking about it.”
Green was scheduled to sign her soccer scholarship on Friday, Feb. 7, but that was postponed since Robertson County Schools were closed for inclement weather. When she officially puts pen to paper, she will become the first Heritage girls soccer player to sign since Faith Williamson inked with Bethel in 2016.
Regardless of how many sports she plays in Athens, Green said she feels comfortable at Tennessee Wesleyan. The school opened in 1857 and has an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students. She was also recruited by Alabama State, Lindsey Wilson and Martin Methodist.
“The atmosphere there felt like home,” she said. “It was just one of those things where I got on campus and was like, ‘This is where I want to be.’ The players and coaches were really welcoming, and I’m ready to get there.”
Green is in the midst of her final basketball season with the Lady Patriots. She is averaging 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while serving as one of the team’s primary leaders.
“She’s vocal and she goes hard in practice every day,” Heritage basketball coach Clay Head said. “I’ve been very proud to see her grow over the years. You’re not going to find anybody else on the floor that’s a bigger competitor.”
On the pitch, Green was named to The Connection All-Robertson County soccer team in 2018 and 2019. She is primarily a forward, but former Heritage soccer coach Rett Roach said he sees Green as a versatile player in college.
“Alex is an intriguing college prospect because she can play literally any position on the field,” Roach said. “Although she would say she is a striker, she is a special wing, a center (midfielder) and a defender. I am eager to see where she plays at the next level.”
Green is also a standout in the classroom, according to Roach. Her chosen field of study fits that work ethic.
“She has done special things on the soccer field, basketball court and track,” he said. “However, Alex’s dedication to her studies is most impressive. She is super successful in the classroom and a true role model to her peers in the classroom setting.”
Green still has the basketball postseason and the spring track season to look forward to before her May graduation. She plans to use the months leading up to her college departure to work on strength training.
“I’ve been hitting the gym,” Green said. “I’m really small still, but I’ve been working out and eating right. I know girls (in college) will be bigger and faster. That gives me the mindset to work even harder.
“I want to be able to push people around and not get pushed around.”