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DWS: Blue Devil Alumnx Spotlight – Alison Sanders Cole

Alison Sanders Cole

DURHAM — Throughout the spring and summer, will continue to spotlight different Duke women’s soccer alumnx.  Our next update is with Alison Sanders Cole, a 2002 Blue Devil graduate that was a two-time team captain at Duke in 2000 and 2001.  She had 12 goals, including five game-winners, in 40 appearances with the Blue Devils.  Since graduating from Duke, what have you been up to? 

Since graduating from Duke in 2002, I have pursued a career as a general dentist in Mebane, NC.
I married my husband, Chris in 2006, and we have a 14-year-old daughter, Riley.  We live on a farm north of Hillsborough, N.C. and have three cows and two sweet dogs! 

GD:  What did you major in?

My  major was BAA

GD:  What is the name of your dentist office?

  I practice at Troutman Family Dentistry.  We are located in Mebane.  I have been there for 14 years and love it so much!  Our team and our patients are fabulous!  

GD:  Looking back at your Duke soccer experience, what are some things that you look back on and cherish?

I cherish the relationships with our coaches and teammates – the common goals, the busy schedules, the rush to fit it all in, the sweetness of a hard-fought victory!

GD:  Are you able to keep in touch with many teammates/coaches? 

I keep up with Robbie Church!  He was and is an amazing person!  Duke is so lucky to have him! I also have wonderful relationships with some of my past teammates – very thankful for those! Such a special time! 

GD:  Have you been able to make it back to Duke very often? 

Yes!  My husband has worked for Duke Sports Medicine for the last 25 years.  My daughter attends Durham Academy so we are very close to Duke every single day!

GD:  Are you able to be involved with soccer in any way these days or the last number of years?

I am just a spectator of my daughter’s soccer games! 

GD:  Did you end up coaching your daughter any growing up?

  I really did not venture into coaching my daughter.  I wanted her to have her own experience with soccer – completely separate from mine.  I didn’t want to add any pressure or expectation – just wanted her to enjoy every sport at any level.


GD:  Are your family big Duke fans?

We are Duke Fans!  We love to come to Duke women’s soccer games and…

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