Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete: South Bend St. Joe's Talle Corrigan
SOUTH BEND —
Choosing to play lacrosse would have been an easy one for Talle Corrigan, but it wasn’t a great fit. After trying it once, Corrigan realized that lacrosse wasn’t for her, but it is perfect for her dad.
Talle’s father, Kevin, is the head coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Notre Dame, but it was her mother’s idea to sign her up for tennis that helped the senior at South Bend St. Joseph high school realize she was far more suited for life on the hard court.
"I think tennis has just taught me a lot about myself and taught me a lot of morals.” said Corrigan. “I think confidence is a major one because to be good at tennis you have to have a lot of confidence because you’re out there by yourself."
Even though her goal is to send the ball over the net as opposed to in one, she still takes lessons from her father.
"A lot of the values and the ideas are the same. He just says that I have to work hard and make sure I don’t get into my own head because it’s the same thing for lacrosse I think. He's probably my best friend, so it’s pretty easy to be honest about my game." Said Corrigan
Honestly, Talle's game has been very good. After losing four of their top seven players from last season's state finals run, Talle has transitioned from number doubles to number two singles and has her eight ranked St. Joseph squad sitting with an undefeated record in the Northern Indiana Conference.
"She's our best player on the team that’s a senior,” said St. Joe Head Coach Bill Mountford. “She's been around and she's been through the wars and she's my team captain so she’s a real leader."
The senior has led her team to positive results that at times have even surprised Talle.
"Our team this year is surprisingly good. I wasn’t sure how good we were going to be but so far its looking pretty good," said Corrigan. "I would love to make it back to state. That's obviously the goal to win state, but for myself, I just want to keep helping the team get there."