Coach K will work primarily with the Uppers and goalkeepers, while taking on the role as the Director of Community Outreach.
Coach Kastuk has a trauma-informed coaching style and believes that sports can be a tool for healing youth who have experienced trauma and/or gone through Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). She knows that her approach also benefits those that were fortunate enough not to have experienced a traumatic past. She’s committed to creating a psychologically and emotionally safe environment when coaching which includes: Advocating, valuing, believing and cultivating the best in her players. She strives to unconditionally love each athlete in their unique individuality. She believes that a consistent, supportive and caring approach will not only help young athletes become better field hockey players, but also better people in society. Coach K promotes good values, positive self-concepts and resilience; By doing so, she believes that youth will be more productive in operating in our ever-changing, global world.
Coach K has coached in private schools for 7 years, including her most recent stint as the associate head coach at The Kinkaid School which is located just outside of Houston, Texas. She states that “part of my vision and passion is to bring the sport of field hockey into the public school system in Houston, as well as to more marginalized communities that do not currently have access to the sport. I feel drawn to serve and support ALL youth and have a specific passion for those that fall on the opposing, far ends of the socio-economic spectrum."
As an athlete, Coach K was a 2x All-American at the University of Virginia and helped lead her team to two final four appearances as the starting goalkeeper. After completing her college field hockey career, she walked on to the UVA basketball team where she unfortunately blew out her knee. Her knee injury hindered her trajectory within the U.S.A. field hockey system as she was never able to get past the U.S.A developmental squad. Prior to UVA, she played two years of field hockey at Boston University where she was named The America East Goalkeeper of the Year as a sophomore and America East Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
In high school, Coach K lettered in 15 varsity sports for Putnam Valley HS (NY) as she played on a varsity team every season from 8th grade on. During her junior year, she helped lead the field hockey team to the only state championship in school history. She still holds the current New York State high school record for career shutouts which she broke in 2007.
If you have any questions regarding trauma-informed coaching, Houston Velocity, and/or the coaching philosophy behind the club, feel free to contact Coach K.
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