Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Clayton Valley’s Jordan Woolery

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Clayton Valley's Jordan WooleryName: Jordan Woolery
School: Clayton Valley Charter High School
Grade: Senior
Sports: Softball, Basketball

Softball coach Dave Cooney has nothing but positive things to say about his senior standout Woolery. “Jordan is not only a tremendous athlete, she is an amazing person. I look forward to our conversations, whether it be about softball or life in general. She shows up every day with a smile on her face ready to compete. Jordan has a relentless work ethic. Some days she continues to practice long after her teammates are gone. We have been very blessed to have Jordan in our program these past four seasons.”

Woolery has played both basketball and softball since entering Clayton Valley Charter, earning a spot on the varsity softball team four years and varsity basketball team the past two years. Woolery has been on the Athletics Mercado club softball Gold team, based in Southern California, for the past couple of years. She was named the No. 1 softball player in the nation by MaxPreps and nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year twice. Her skill, work ethic and determination have contributed to her athletic success.

As a child, Woolery played soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. As she grew and matured, Woolery realized that softball was her main sport and the one she enjoyed the most. She believes that playing multiple sports growing up was the best way to increase her athleticism and help her improve in softball. Woolery originally played basketball in middle school to make friend and quickly fell in love with the sport. Because she was coming from a small middle school, she did not know many people when she started high school. This resulted in Woolery launching herself into the worlds of her new school’s basketball and softball programs to make new friends.

Woolery says her favorite part about being an athlete and being able to represent Clayton Valley Charter is the relationships she has created with her coaches and Ugly Eagles teammates. She loves the atmosphere of playing the sports she loves alongside her best friends.

She currently maintains a 4.5 GPA, is an avid participant in the Senior Women club, and is an officer of the Black Student Union at CVCHS. Woolery will be attending UCLA as a highly touted softball recruit for the Bruins. She verbally committed to her life-long favorite team UCLA when she was in eighth grade!

She would like to thank her best friend since preschool and softball and basketball teammate Jackie Alday for always pushing her to be the athlete and person she is today. She also thanks her friend group and says that she is incredibly lucky to be surrounded by some of the best people who give her the support she needs to be successful. Woolery notes that the most important thing to remember as an athlete is to stay true to yourself and remember that your sport doesn’t define you as a person. “As athletes, we are often caught up in the idea that our success on the field or court is what makes us who we are, but we are much more than our athletic abilities, success and failure.”

CVCHS student journalist Katherine Pugh wrote this Spotlight.

The Pioneer congratulates Jordan and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for over three decades at Family Vision Care Optometry.

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Katherine Pugh
Katherine Pugh
Student Writer

Katherine Pugh is a junior at Clayton Valley Charter High School. She enjoys running on the CVCHS cross country team in the fall in addition to the track and field team in the spring. Pugh also swims recreationally for Oakhurst Country Club in the summer. She is a part of the CVCHS Engineering & Design academy and finished her sophomore year with a 4.33 GPA. She’s also excited to be a representative for CVCHS’s ASB leadership group during her junior year. In addition, Pugh works as a hostess at Ed’s Mudville Grill in Clayton. She is very excited to be writing the Student Athlete Spotlight for the Concord Clayton Pioneer.