A conversation with her father, Pete, changed Isabella Zoog's collegiate experience.
She couldn't be happier about it.
Initially, when the Brownsburg, Ind., native had decided upon taking the northern trek to North Manchester, Ind., for college, she'd determined to be a part of the women's soccer program.
"Dad knew I was missing (basketball)," she reflected. "He was right. Having been around his 7th and 8th grade Catholic Youth Organization teams and playing the game throughout my youth and high school careers, it was a big part (of who I was).
Initially, it was a little tricky to (be involved in two sports)," she admitted. "However, as I've continued with it, I've come to enjoy being a part of two programs. Those are two big support systems for me (while I'm on campus)."
Being a member of the Spartans' women's soccer and basketball teams isn't anything new for the junior exercise science major. Zoog competed in both along with track and field in high school.
"Obviously, it's different (in high school to college)," she admitted. "I've had to develop a pattern (at Manchester University). It comes down to setting up a schedule for my practices and workouts and then adding in classes and class work time from there."
Her theory is proven with success. She's started 40 of 46 matches on the Good Field pitch for Coach Christine Johnson's program in the defensive/center mid area, while her numbers as a member of Coach Josh Dzurick's women's basketball program show three straight seasons of 15-or-more games played as a guard/forward. The academic side hasn't slowed, either, as Zoog is a combined four-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference academic honoree.
"The only thing I miss is some of the women's basketball preseason," she noted. "I'm able to be prepared for both with a strong summer schedule where I train two to even three times a day."
Zoog also gets some love from man's best friend to keep herself centered. The family has an Alaskan malamute and Samoyed at home, while Isabella also interacts with dogs as part of a summer job.
"(The family) has always taken our dogs to Zionsville Country Kennel," she said. "I'd been looking for a summer job, and it worked out. I help out with exercise, walking and so forth at one of their three buildings."
With one year remaining in her collegiate career, Zoog continues as a proponent of her athletic path and what it's done in her life.
"You'll never know how great (being a two-sport athlete is) until you try it," she said. "Having the chance to have two sets of 'families' to interact with on campus is so important to me every day."
Taking a conversation that started with her father and advancing it a step further.