Throughout the Fall, The University of Scranton sports information office will be profiling former Royal student-athletes who are on the front lines in the battle against the spread of COVID-19. Our first profile features Kelly Johnson-Loughlin, a former volleyball student-athlete (2010-2013).
Loughlin in her playing days at Scranton, where she finished her career in the top ten all-time in both solo blocks and total blocks.
In her playing days at Scranton, Kelly Loughlin (maiden name Johnson) was known for her blocking abilities at the net as a four-year letterwinner for the volleyball team, finishing her career in the top ten all-time in two major statistical categories in program history - solo blocks (121, 6th all-time), and total blocks (265, 9th all-time).
Kelly (Johnson) Loughlin had plenty of support from the Scranton student body during her time on-campus.
Since March, Loughlin has been trying to block something else - the spread of COVID-19 in her community.
A 2014 nursing graduate from The University of Scranton, Loughlin serves as an Emergency Room Nurse at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she resides with her husband Dom and two dogs, Fetty and Kona.
Loughlin spends long hours treating COVID patients in a tent outside The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu.
At her job, Loughlin has been putting in 12-hour shifts to meet the demand COVID-19 has had in her hospital.
“Since COVID started I work outside a lot more, due to the fact that we have to screen every patient for covid prior to them entering the hospital,” she said. “A 12-hour shift outside taking care of COVID patients is very hot. Also, we have had to adjust to no visitors which can be super frustrating for patients and families.”
Loughlin does some exploring with her two dogs, Fetty and Kona.
A native of Pearl River, NY, Loughlin has also experienced what many of us around the country have had to deal with - the reality of not being able to see friends and family that live far away.
Loughlin receives flowers on her Senior Night in 2013.
“Living this far from home has been a challenge and now because of the pandemic we haven’t seen our family in over a year due to travel restrictions,” she said. “Hawaii has basically been on lock down and making it very difficult to leave the island/return to the island. We had several trips home planned from February through September, all of them being canceled.”
Loughlin and her husband Dom, who is an Army Officer stationed in Hawaii.
“It’s been a tough year, but we are all looking forward to better days,” Loughlin said.
If you are a former University of Scranton student-athlete who has been on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 and would like for us to tell your story, please fill out our questionnaire here.