Alecia Tromiczak Gazzola ’98 Inducted 2013

Soccer

Alecia   Tromiczak Gazzola

A gritty competitor, Alecia Tromiczak Gazzola was a prolific goal scorer for the Gustavus women's soccer team through the program's run of conference dominance in the mid-1990s. During her tenure on the hill, the Gusties won three straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championships in 1994, 1995, and 1996 and compiled a record of 59— 15—3 overall and 34—4—2 in the MIAC. Gazzola played a key role in the program's first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament victory over Macalester in 1995 before later leading the team to two more NCAA tournament berths in 1996 and 1997.

Always determined with a tenacious inner drive, Gazzola's ability to create space in traffic and finish inside the box made her a nightmare for opposing defenders and goalkeepers. She scored more than 10 goals in each of her four seasons in a Gustavus uniform, finishing with 48 goals and 17 assists over the course of 77 career matches. The Minneapolis product ranks second in Gustavus women's soccer history in goals, sixth in assists, and third in scoring with a total of 113 points. Gazzola earned all-conference accolades in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and was a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region performer—earning second team distinction in 1995 and first team marks in 1996 and 1997. She is also one of just two players in program history team to earn NSCAA All-America honors twice, being named to the second team in 1995 and the third team in 1997.

After graduating in 1998 with degrees in history and communication studies, Gazzola lived and worked part-time outside of Boston for two years. She left the East Coast and returned to Gustavus in 2001 where she worked as an admission counselor for nine years. Alecia is currently a stay at home mom living in St. Peter with her husband, Bob Gazzola '83, son, Enzo, daughter, Mia, and stepchildren, Gabe '15 and Sam.