Principal for Creative Coaching, Fervent Athletic Leader & Strategist
Transformative, sharp-witted, and innovative, Katie is an award-winning teacher, mentor, and coaching visionary passionate about helping coaches develop personally and professionally using an entirely new way of thinking. With over a decade and a half experience, Katie’s unique method of “coaching the coaches” creates a common language of best practices used to not only bridge the gap between coaches and their athletic administrators, but also between coaches and their players.
Katie believes that when approaching the student-coach relationship, it’s equally as important to work from the top down, as much as from the bottom up: “Coaches work with our most precious commodity: student-athletes. Research points to the coach, as well as their relationship with their players, as the key determinants of an athlete’s success and development as a person and a player.”
Along these lines, Katie maintains that reflection and authentic assessment are new ideas in coaching and she hopes her programming can ease the transition into professionalizing the field of coaching, one individual at a time. Moreover, she abides by these best practices in her own coaching experiences, drawing inspiration from one of the world’s greatest change-makers, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Finding Her Own True North & Traversing the Road Ahead
In 2014, Katie’s mentor and fellow colleague Celia Slater launched True North Sports with a desire to challenge coaches to find their True North and coach from “that” place—the most authentic place—that lies within. In 2015, Katie joined True North Sports as the Chief Operating Officer and President. Furthering Celia’s vision, Katie is working to develop the next generation of assistant coaches who will lead from a strong sense of purpose or their authentic True North. As such, Katie is Co-Founder of The Coaching COMPASS Assessment. Together, Katie and Celia are changing the face of sports coaching for better and for good.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Unparalleled Academic Experience & Accolades
Katie’s passion for instilling best practices on and off the field root back to the sixteen years she has spent coaching and teaching various curricula both in the traditional setting and in the virtual classroom, including work at the collegiate level and in AP courses, in economics and U.S. government. A powerhouse by nature, just two years after taking over AP Macroeconomics program at Hagerty High School, students’ pass rates increased by over 44% on the College Board’s AP exam.
In addition to receiving her Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction, her accolades include being on the National Board of Certified Teachers/Mentors, serving as a Teachers’ Curriculum Institute State Coach & Trainer, and a Master Teacher of Interns. Katie also received the FCSS (Florida Council for the Social Studies) Warren Tracey Award for Beginning Social Studies Teacher of the Year for the State of Florida and similarly was deemed the Seminole County M.S. Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
Katie’s blood has long bled orange and blue, being a student, soccer player, and longtime fan of the University of Florida’s athletics program. The women’s UF soccer team, for which she played, won three SEC Championships and the National Championship in 1998. During this time, she received the Gator Award, Community Service Award, and was an SEC All Academic Award Recipient. Throughout the last decade, she’s played six years in the W League, three for the WPSL, and on the Southern Regional Team for the US Soccer Festival.
Today, she plays in the St. Andrews Men’s League CFSL, (yes, a men’s league) where she gives those guys a run for their money. She was recently named Player of the Season and won the Coach’s Award.
A skilled coach in her own rite, Katie has mentored soccer players at the youth level for over 16 years. She was head coach of Lake Brantley High School, several club teams and many years of UF soccer camps, where she still rocks the field.
Off the Field & Beyond the Office Walls
Aside from her unwavering focus on True North, where Katie gets to combine all the things she loves in life — coaching, mentoring, sports and making an impact — Katie’s most passionate, and equally rewarding, role is being mother to two little boys — David and Charles — and wife to her wonderful and devoted husband Jon. She is also extremely close to her sisters and even coaches two of her nieces. When she’s not chasing kids on the field, she’s chasing after her family of rescues comprised of two dogs, Sadie and Molly, and two cats, Gator and Angel.