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.”