Thursday, September 27, 2012

ATHLETICS: One-on-One with Coach Katie Kahlweiss

Q: What was your occupation before you came to Fairmont as the Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach?
A: I used to teach at Mater Dei High School and I was the assistant Varsity Coach for the last 6 years. I also coached club at WAVE Volleyball Club for the past 7 years.

Q: Why did you want to coach volleyball at Fairmont?
A: I wanted to try something new where I could teach girls the skills of the game, how to compete, and to build a program.

Q: What was your first impression of the Varsity players and what is your impression now?
A: My first impression of the players was that they were a little shy and unsure. Now I have learned that they are outgoing and willing to learn how to be better players and competitive.

Q: Are there any warm ups that you like to do at the beginning of practice?
A: I like to pair the girls up and have them talk to each other about fun topics so they all get to know each other better. When we start practice I always like to start with a warm up game so that practice starts out competitive and fun, not a boring repetitive drill.

Q: What is the funniest thing you have experienced with the Prep Volleyball team?
A: The funniest thing I have experienced with them is when they ask me questions about what I like such as the type of music I listen to and television shows I watch. They get so shocked that I actually like some of the same things as them, so I guess I am a "cool" coach.

Q: Do you have an unusual hobby or hidden talent?
A: I enjoy playing a lot of beach volleyball. I really enjoy photography, I try to make jewelry, and I want to keep traveling all over the world. I am very good at water skiing and I also was a dancer for 10 years (tap, ballet, and jazz)!!

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is either sushi (any kind) or Spanish style tapas.

Q: Have you traveled anywhere else in the world?
A: YES!  I have been all over the USA, usually to play volleyball (including Hawaii and Alaska), but I also have been to Mexico several times. I have been to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, England, Brazil twice, Peru, the Bahamas, and Japan. I love to travel and try all the amazing foods in different countries, I can't wait to go more places. 

Q: Any other comments?
A: I am happy to be at Fairmont, and I am excited for new experiences in my future at this school. 

-Contributed by Nikita P., Class of 2013


  1. Welcome to Fairmont Prep Coach Katie Kahlweiss!! Go volleball teams!

  2. You're doing a great job coach Katie! :)

  3. You'll be a great coach:) Go Katie!


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