Dual Sport Athlete Goedecke Credits Structure to Her Success

April 07, 2016

BY: Mike RichardsonGoedecke TrackKatie Geodecke

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Katie Goedecke ’17 is one of few student-athletes that have the opportunity to represent multiple programs here at Mount Union.

Goedecke, a mathematics major and aspiring high school mathematics teacher, knows how to do it all.

As a member of both the soccer and track teams, Goedecke puts on many different hats going from one activity to the other, but that does not stop her.

“My busy schedule actually allows me to have a very structured day which I find very beneficial” Goedecke said. “The difficulty of my major does require a lot of late nights in the library, which could probably be avoided if I wasn’t an athlete, but I’m not going to not be an athlete.”

She is not only known for her hard work in the classroom, but also on the soccer field and around the track. Goedecke is one of the most genuinely kind people on campus and can always count on her for a good laugh, a silly song or one of her many dance moves.

“I’m the enthusiastic, high-energy teammate for both soccer and track,” Goedecke said. “I come to practice, I do what I’m told, I work hard, and I have fun while I do it. I also dance a lot.”

The dancing mathematics major from Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary would not give up the relationships she has made for anything in the world.

“It is weird to think about if I did not have develop all of the relationships I’ve made not only with my teammates and classmates, but with the faculty and coaching staff as well.” Goedecke said.  “I have met some of the most amazing people at Mount Union that I know will remain a part of my life long after I graduate.”

With her parents and her dog, Mya, as her motivation, Goedecke plans to be like her parents one day. When asked what she wanted to cross off her bucket list, the first two on the list were become a teacher and be a mom.

Goedecke and the soccer team participate in several community service projects each year. This year, the team painted the Alliance Skate Park, participated in the MLK Day of Service, and has enjoyed numerous activities with their beloved new teammate Addie, from Team Impact.

Team Impact improves the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Addie was chosen for the women’s soccer team and loved spending time with them.

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