Q&A With Head Women's Soccer Coach Kelley Clark
March 18, 2016
Q: How has coaching at the collegiate level helped you grow as a person?
A: Coaching at the collegiate level has helped me grow because I have become more aware of how to handle various types of situations with my athletes, whether it be on the field, academics, or with personal situations. I have grown to love the Division III experience of caring about my athletes growth as a well-rounded and mature individual, not just a soccer player.
Q: What challenges have you faced as a coach?
A: As a coach, every team is different and each year I face the challenge of determining what approaches and strategies will work most effectively.
Q: How do you make sure that you are the best coach you can be every day?
A: I make sure that I put my student-athletes and the program first in every aspect of my day. I try to bring positivity and energy to everything that we do, on and off the field.
Q: What is your favorite aspect about coaching and mentoring your team?
A: It is so rewarding to have a front row seat at the tremendous growth that happens in my student-athletes during their time here at Mount Union. From the time they come here as freshmen until they graduate, I have the opportunity to watch, and hopefully influence, them becoming confident young women. Staying in touch with them after graduation to follow their careers and growing families is rewarding as well.
Q: What is one of your greatest strengths?
A: Staying organized and being able to multitask so that I can give my best to each of the student-athletes in my program.
Q: Who is your favorite female role model and why?
A: My great aunt, Ellen, is my role model because she persevered through so much in her life. I am so lucky to have had her as a role model, as her guidance and influence is something that drives me every day to want to better myself and others.
Q: What is one of your greatest accomplishments that you are most proud of?
A: I am proud of the academic accomplishments of my student-athletes during my time here. We have maintained a team GPA above a 3.0 for five straight years and had numerous student-athletes receive academic awards from the OAC, including our first Academic All-Amercia Team member.
Q: Why is it important to celebrate women’s history month?
A: As female college athletes and coaches, we have a responsibility to be good role models for young girls and encourage them to be empowered and pursue their dreams – what better time than Women’s History Month!