Q&A with Katie Baumgardner

Katie Baumgardner

Josh Tolentino

Sports Reporter

ISU soccer's new assistant coach brings a unique set of skills that she hopes will help lead the team to victory.

Katie Baumgardner

ISU Soccer Assistant Coach

How long have you been with the team?

This will be my third year with the program. I was a graduate assistant coach for two years and this will be my first full year with the team. My emphasis on coaching is with our outstanding group of goalies.

What kind of experience do you bring to ISU?

I played soccer at Ohio State University for all four years and my studies and majors were sports related.

What were your studies throughout college?

I graduated from Ohio State University in Sports Leadership class of 2012, and I received my Masters in Sports Psychology last spring here, from Illinois State. During my time studying at ISU, being a grad assistant coach really helped me prepare for my full-time position which I hold now.

When did team preparations begin for this season?

We reported to camp on Aug. 5. That was the official date. However, a lot of girls stayed over the summer. You can argue that a lot of them have been working out ever since the off-season began. We have a lot of hardworking girls on this team.

With such achievement, what are your expectations for this year’s team?

The sky is the limit with this team. We have a lot of experience just based on our success from last year: lots of second years that got to play as freshmen last year and also lots of veteran leaders. Reaching the NCAA Tournament last year and playing in two games was a huge stepping-stone for everyone. We can never take our conference or opponent lightly. Our expectation is to win the conference and it’s always a goal to move on in the tournament.

What are your expectations for one of your goalies, GK Aryn Newsom, specifically?

So much to say about this girl. Goalie and captain of the team. She’s done so much for the program; it’s her fifth year with the team. Aryn just recently broke the team record in all time wins. That’s more experience than any other goalkeeper has ever had in this university’s history. I expect her to hold our defense to a very high standard. It’s not about winning goalkeeper of the year all the time, but instead her leadership will be a big part of this year’s team. From what I understand, she was overlooked being brought into the program. In my three years here she’s improved every year. She gives 110% every single time and as her coach what more can you ask for?

In the three years with the team, how much have you learned about this university’s program? Who can you credit?

Very successful. We’re back-to-back MVC Champions. Ever since I’ve gotten here, I arrived in a really successful environment. It actually made my transition easier, it’s great to be a part of an outstanding program. I also want to thank Leanna Bordner, our Deputy Director of Athletics and Larry Lyons, our Athletic Director. Along with my Ohio State coaching staff getting me here as a grad assistant coach and the coaching staff here at ISU, they all played a big part in creating an assistant position for me on the team. I couldn’t be more grateful.

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