There were a few things that Sarah Keer considered when making her decision on where she was going to continue her academic and field hockey career in college.
First of all, the lasting impression coach Amanda Janney left on her when they first met.
Secondly, Keer simply loved the atmosphere during her college visitation to the "City of Brotherly Love."
Finally, when it came down to making her final choice between Louisville, Michigan State and Temple, Keer wanted to make things a lot easier for those near to her heart.
All of those reasons played a part in the Indian senior selecting Division I Temple University in Philadelphia.
Wednesday afternoon, in front of her parents, Tom and Christine, Lehighton head coach Lamar Long and Athletic Director Kyle Spotts, Keer signed a letter of intent to become an Owl.
"Michigan State is nine hours away, Louisville is 11 hours away and Temple is a quick drive down the turnpike and you are right there," Keer said. "So, that will be good for my parents, my brothers, my aunts and uncles and my grandparents. Now, they can come see my collegiate field hockey games."
After coaching Keer in her junior and seniors seasons at Lehighton, Long wasn't surprised by Keer's choice or one of the reasons for that choice.
"One thing I learned about Sarah throughout the two years that I coached her, is family is super important to her," said Long of his two-time team captain and four-year letterwinner. "At away games, after the game, she wanted to go and talk to her parents because they traveled the distance to come see her.
"So I'm not surprised that the proximitry of Temple played a role in her decision. She wanted to give her family and friends the ability to watch her play in college."
Keer has developed her field hockey skills by playing the sport year-round during her high school years. During the last few years she has played club ball for both First Class, where she was coached by former Lehighton High School coach and current Michigan State assistant Shawn Hindy, and Pyramid Evolution, where she was coached by Long.
Looking ahead to her college career, Keer mentioned one characteristic that she feels will help her the most with the transitions from high school.
"I think my competitive drive will help me most of all," said Keer, who recorded 51 goals and 21 assists during her high school career. "And, I know the feeling of winning versus losing and how losing feels, so I think that's going to help me a lot with coping with wins and losses. Obviously, it's a lot different than high school."
While it may be a huge step to play for a Division I program for any high school athlete, Long believes Keer will definitely be a good fit in the Owls' program.
"She's a really aggressive player and it's a pretty aggressive program," Long said. "So, I think on that respect, she will do fine there as long as she stays focused and stays open to coaching tips and advice and things like that."
As important as it was for Keer to stay relatively close to home, that alone wouldn't have been enough for her to choose Temple.
It was her visit to the school and opportunity to meet her future teammates that sealed the deal.
"They're really like family already," Keer said. "They remind me a lot like some of my friends around here. They welcomed me with open arms and it felt really good to know they care."