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Ask a Coach Katie Kloeckener, Assistant Coach at Trinity College

Kathryn Kloeckener (AKA Katie or Klock) is currently the assistant field hockey coach and recruiting coordinator at Trinity College in Connecticut. During her time at Trinity, she earned her master's degree in public policy. Before she started working with the Bantams, Katie called Sacred Heart University home — during her eight years at SHU, Katie served as an assistant coach, an interim head coach and a head coach. Katie spent her playing days at Ball State University where she graduated with her bachelor's degree in exercise science.

Katie sat down to answer your questions — received through the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) social media platforms — about being an assistant coach, her favorite field hockey drill and getting ready to play field hockey in college.

Question: What is your favorite drill to do with your team?

Answer: I’m an attacker by nature, so I just love watching lots of goals. I personally love the way our team competes in 2v1 Continuous (“Freniors” as we call it), it’s the most intense version of 2v1 Continuous I’ve ever seen.

Q: What's the best way to physically prepare for college field hockey as a senior in high school?

A: The best way to prepare is to play as much hockey as you can, sharpen your individual skills and follow that workout packet you are sent by your coaching staff. Listen to your body because you don’t want to train to the point of injury, but be willing to push your limits in the summer so preseason is an easier transition.

Q: What do you think is the best characteristic for an assistant coach?

A: In my opinion, loyalty is one of the best characteristics for an assistant coach. A head coach needs to know you have their back, just as much as they have yours. A united staff is a successful staff.

Q: How do you pronounce your last name?

A: It’s certainly is a tricky one…too many e’s. To keep it simple it is pronounced “Clock-ner.”

Q: What do you have to be really good at, aside from coaching, to be a great assistant coach?

A: In my opinion, to be a great assistant coach you have to be willing to be open-minded, adapt on the fly and take initiative. Whether your boss wants to change a drill mid-practice, the food order for the team gets lost or you simply have to figure out what to do with a two-hour midgame rain delay, you just have to be willing to go with the flow, prioritize what needs to be done in that moment and then do it.

Q: What are you teaching Anne (the NFHCA Hall of Fame head coach at Trinity College)?

A: What am I teaching my legendary boss? She claims I’m teaching her to stay focused on the task at hand. However, I feel like I’m doing most of the learning from her pretty much every day that I step into the field hockey office.

Q: Did you always want to be a coach?

A: Well from a young age I was convinced I was going to be the first female NHL star, obviously that didn’t quite pan out and I switched the ice for turf…but I knew I always wanted to stay involved in sports. I started coaching camps in high school and loved it, and basically haven’t stopped coaching since. It’s an amazing way to give back to a sport that has given me so much, while still getting to experience those game day adrenaline rushes…from the sideline.

Thank you Katie! And thank you to everyone who submitted a question!

Want more answers? Last month Shippensburg University head coach, Tara Zollinger, answered your questions and next month we will be featuring another coach — follow along on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for your next opportunity to submit questions.

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