The United States Naval Academy didn’t have to work too hard to draw Amanda Graziano’s interest.
That’s because the do-it-all junior from Taft immediately fell in love with both the school’s academics and coaching staff. When Graziano (Middlebury, Conn.) attended an ID clinic run by Midshipmen head coach and 1996 Olympic gold-medal winner Carin Gabarra, she was star-struck.
“When she first approached me, it was like being approached by the Megan Rapinoe from her time. It was pretty cool,” Graziano said. “The way she coaches is amazing.”