High School Sports

SCF alum Sarah Geraldson wins Florida Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award

BRADENTON -- She described it as probably the hardest class she took last semester.

But like every class taken in two years at State College of Florida, Sarah Geraldson earned an A.

That performance in Anatomy & Physiology enabled Geraldson to maintain a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in her SCF career.

And it's why she was named Florida's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year on Thursday in front of her former SCF volleyball teammates.

"It was a lot of work," Geraldson said. "That's probably the most intimidating class when I was here. It stressed me out a lot of times, but obviously I pulled through. ... I had such a schedule that I had to keep to. It was work, volleyball, come home and get your homework done. Just all the time. When I have a routine, I do really well."

Geraldson, a former Bradenton Christian School standout, flashed her talent at a variety of positions for head coach Carmine Garofalo last year on the volleyball court.

Beginning the year at setter, Geraldson was shifted to outside hitter and then libero when her team needed her in those roles.

Geraldson, a team captain, flourished in each role.

That's another reason why she won the award, which was announced in late July.

"She excelled in all of them," Garofalo said. "She would make an outstanding setter, and I think she's got a good future when she decides to keep playing."

Geraldson said she's working to play for the University of Florida in the future, but will stay in Manatee County and coach volleyball at her alma mater, BCS.

Nonetheless, her time management skills were at an all-time high as she juggled collegiate volleyball, academics, coaching club volleyball and working on her family's farm without missing a beat.

"I think it really helped that I was at home still," said Geraldson, who also won the Pinnacle Award for her academic excellance in 2011-12. "Because it's easier for me to focus there. I know I did a lot of homework at the apartments some nights, because we would have a little time before practice. ... It just came down to the fact that I just put a lot of time into it."

Athletic director Matt Ennis said it's the first time SCF has had a female scholar athlete of the year. "That's who she is," Ennis said. "She's dedicated in everything she does."