Katie Glenn (Lonestar 97G ECNL) has been dominating this season as the Longhorns are off to their best start in program history at 7-0! The junior midfielder has been rewarded with her first career nod as the Big 12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 12, while the team has recently been named the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer "Team of the Week".
We caught up with Katie, former Lonestar player and current Texas Longhorn superstar: she talks dedication, teamwork and love of the game.
Hometown: Round Rock, TX
High School: Rouse
Major: Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
Q: At what age did you start to play soccer/when did you start to specialize? Was it a dream of yours to play college soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was around 4 years old. I started playing because of my older sister who I always wanted to follow around and be just like her. I started to take the sport more seriously around middle school age, where I would dedicate majority of my time to soccer and travel. I knew at that point that it was a dream of mine to play at the collegiate level, so I began to train harder and focus on growing as a player in order to get recruited.
Q: What was your favorite part of club soccer at Lonestar? How was the transition from playing club ball to college ball?
Lonestar Soccer is a great club that develops high level players. It has a great reputation and produces quality results. I think the coaching staff is incredibly invested in their teams and players and made recruiting a smooth process. The club helped me make friends that will last a life time and travel the world. The transition from club to college soccer is definitely an adjustment. The speed of play is quicker and is a more physical environment, but playing at the college level is a humbling experience.
Q: What is your training like now as a collegiate athlete? Is it difficult to balance life as a student and an athlete?
Training as a college athlete is hard work. Winning games doesn't just happen on its own, we train competitively every day were on the field and weight room. Having a team that feels like family and has the same mentality to give our 100% every day makes every day worth it. Being a student-athlete definitely teaches you how to manage your time efficiently. We are treated with so much respect and have so much help here at UT, so being a student-athlete is an awesome experience. Getting to earn a college degree while playing the sport we love is something special. School always come first. Putting in the hard work in the class room is a priority, we are students first then athletes. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity at Texas.
Q: What is your favorite thing about going to UT?
My favorite thing about UT is definitely the tradition. There is no other school who shows more pride wearing their burnt orange and hollering the Texas Fight chant than UT. The academics here are the best you can get, and the athletic department receives so much support from its alumni and the city of Austin. Texas is a family.
Q: Any advice for Lonestar girls?
Advice for the Lonestar girls is just to keep working hard and have fun. Enjoy spending time with your teammates and play for each other every game.
I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at Lonestar Night on September 29th!
Thanks Katie, for having a tremendous impact on and off the field! You are truly inspiring the next generation of great soccer players and even greater people. Best wishes and we will be supporting you and the Texas soccer girls!