Dayton Flyers defenseman Alicia Donley signs NIL deal with Hunny Bee’s Crispy Fried

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Smith signed an NIL deal with Hunny Bee’s in February, shortly after bandmate DaRon Holmes II began promoting another local restaurant, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken.

With the Dayton women’s soccer team starting 6-1-1 and Donley playing a key role as a defenseman after last season, it was a good time for Niehaus to partner with a player from the UD.

“We wanted to do something fun,” Niehaus said, “and what could be more fun than women’s soccer in the fall. Alicia is a friend of the brand who loves Hunny Bee’s, and we thought she was the perfect person to bring to the team, joining Malachi. She is a great representative of UD football and a great person. It’s the smiley face we want.

Donley graduated from Pickerington North High School. She has athletics in her blood. Her mother Stephanie (Zunich) Donley was a 20-time All-American and a seven-time national champion (five relay titles and two individual championships) at the University of Florida from 1988 to 1991. Her father Mike Donley ran track at the ‘University of Miami.

Donley scored 67 goals during her high school career and was selected to the all-state first team three times. She graduated from high school midway through her senior year and enrolled early at the University of Tennessee, where she scored four goals in two seasons.

Donley decided to transfer after the 2020 season because she wanted to be closer to home and wanted to go to a Catholic school. Religion is important to her, and she says she plays for a higher purpose: to glorify God.

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Donley scored five goals and started nine games last fall at Dayton as the Flyers finished 12-6-2, 8-2 in the Atlantic Conference 10. Going into their first A-10 game Thursday at Davidson, the Flyers had only lost to Ohio State, 4-0 on Sept. 1, in the first three weeks of the season.

Coach Eric Golz told the team this week it was one of 33 teams nationwide to enter the conference with six wins.

“It’s really important to us,” Donley said. “We have a big shot, a great opportunity to be big. I think we have a lot of great players around.

Donley still has a year of eligibility after this season as the 2020 pandemic season didn’t count against anyone’s eligibility. She plans to make the most of it by continuing to pursue NIL opportunities and building her personal brand. She’s a communications student working on a marketing minor, so anything she does will be good for her resume. She also hopes to inspire other athletes to do the same.

“I think there are a lot of people, especially on my team, who can definitely benefit from NIL,” Donley said. “Not just the big names in basketball, football-baseball. They can say, “She’s a Division I soccer player, and she does this, and I can do this too.”

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