Mount Union's Katie Goedecke Named OAC Scholar Athlete of the Month

Katie Goedecke
Katie Goedecke

For Mount Union senior Katie Goedecke … it all adds up.

Goedecke not only excels in three sports for the Purple Raiders – soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field but also in the classroom as she is an Academic All-American in both soccer and track as a Mathematics major with a 3.88 grade point average.

This month she is also being honored as the Ohio Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Month.

"Obviously you must be organized to get everything done," said Goedecke. "I am also very fortunate to have great coaches that have worked with me and so many super teammates to work with that have made my four years into a great experience."

"I think being a math major she is good at calculating things, so she has figured out how to manage her time and responsibilities," commented Mount Union head track coach Kevin Lucas.

On the track, Goedecke won a national outdoor title as part of the 4x100 meter relay team in 2017 and was the 2017 OAC Fred Raizk Indoor Track Sprinter of the Meet at the conference championships. In total, she has nine all-conference performances and is a six-time OAC event champion.

"She has brought a lot to our team as her attitude, energy and the way she goes about things, has provided tremendous leadership to not only our sprinters but the entire team," stated Lucas.

On the soccer pitch, she has been among the team's top scorers in each of the last two seasons and helped lead the Raiders to an OAC Tournament title and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016.

"She is the ultimate student-athlete," said Mount Union head women's soccer coach Kelley Clark. "She sets an example to everyone in our program of what is possible both on the field and in the classroom."

Both coaches commented on her energy and enthusiasm which he hopes to take into the classroom in the fall as she wants to teach high school mathematics.

"The way both Coach Clark and Coach Lucas approach their programs make it so that you can address your academic responsibilities and be able to contribute to the programs," stated Goedecke. "I also must say that faculty in both the math and education departments have understood my goals and objectives both in the classroom, soccer field and track."

Goedecke brings the same energy and enthusiasm to the classroom as stated by Mount Union mathematics instructor Stacey Cederbloom.

"I don't know how Katie manages to do it all, other than the fact that her work ethic is incredible, and she runs on far too little sleep at times," states Cederbloon. "She is reliable, creative, energetic, and has great attention to detail.  In addition to all of this, she manages to bring a smile and positive influence wherever she goes."

Goedecke, who currently is a student teacher at Marlington High School, plans to teach high school mathematics.

"Being a student athlete is hard whether you're in one sport or several.  A lot of people will agree that having a busy schedule helps add structure to your day; when you know you only have a small time slot to get something done, you get it done.  In other words, time management skills are essential," commented Goedecke.  "The other thing that pushed me was sheer determination.  You have to be willing to put in the work on the field, off the field, in the classroom, and outside the classroom."

She also does not rule out coaching in the future.

"I would love to coach! I won't be able to stay away from sports for long."

Sounds like things will keep adding up for Goedecke.