"The faculty and staff at Armstrong Atlantic are very supportive and they understand that as a student athlete you are out there representing the university."


Student Athlete Leaves Her Mark On & Off the Field



Armstrong Atlantic State University soccer star, Kristin Burton, sets a ball 17 yards from the goal post; she stands one goal away from breaking the all-time Peach Belt Conference record, paces forward, kicks and drills the ball into the left upper corner of the net. She runs to her teammates with her arms raised as she celebrates her 84th career goal, titling her the Peach Belt conference record holder for scoring.

A three-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, Kristin didn't quite envision this when she stepped on campus. She knew, however, that AASU was a perfect place to combine athletics and academics.

Balancing the rigors of academics and college athletics is difficult but she credits the faculty for support. "The faculty and staff at Armstrong Atlantic are very supportive and they understand that as a student athlete you are out there representing the university," she explains. "The faculty works with you so that you can be successful and they are willing to go out of their way for you."

The faculty-student relationship has seemed to work, as she is the first AASU student athlete to earn ESPN: The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors three times in her career. She was also named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-America first team by CoSIDA (2009). This hard-working senior excels in all of her courses including human anatomy, sports medicine and physical therapy, maintaining a consistent 3.6 GPA.

After graduation in 2010, Kristin plans to set her cleats aside and pursue a doctorate in physical therapy. She has taken her fair share of shots throughout the years, gathered some misses along the way, but nothing has stopped her from reaching her goals. Looks like Kristin's mantra has proven true, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."