Growing up in Windsor Locks, Erica Goralski spent most of her adolescent and teenage years on the soccer field, basketball court and softball field. Erica enjoyed playing sports committed herself to the Windsor Locks Little League playing baseball for two years and softball for five years. Rumor has it that Erica was the first girl to ever make the all-star team for the Windsor Locks Little League baseball team.
Hitting, fielding, playing defense and goaltending all came natural for Erica. She was well-known for her “big bat”, slugging 20 plus home runs while maintaining a .400 average over her four years in high school. In addition to being an offensive threat, Erica was a powerhouse catcher. Base runners rarely stole bases for the fear of getting punched out by her cannon of an arm.
Erica was mentally and physically tough on the soccer field and basketball court. She calmly turned aside 60 mph shots as a goalie and blocked jump shots from the key. The NCCC division knew Erica, players enjoyed playing with and against her, parents and local fans drove to games just to see her next best play. Erica finished off high school by being named All-Conference in softball all four years.
She has the honor of being the first player from Windsor Locks to be named All- State in softball her senior year. Coachable and a hard-working student Erica received the Coaches’ award from various coaches. Erica was that female athlete that young girls look up to.
Aside from having two strong inspirational coaches from her childhood, Pat Scelza and Coach Bergman, Erica has always looked up to Mary Lou Retton. As a former gymnast herself, Erica finds it impressive that Mary Lou is one of the few athletes that has scored a perfect 10. Mary Lou’s performances would give Erica chills and inspired her to be the best athlete possible.
It is no surprise that Erica now runs her own department at Pioneer Optics in Bloomfield. Her athletic background and drive to be great has transformed into a successful adulthood.