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Where are they now? Katie Haab

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

When she attended Lipscomb University Kaitlynn “Katie” Haab Loy was a student-athlete who balanced softball with work on school publications and three years with the athletics media relations department. She excelled in the classroom and was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team. She has a B.A. degree from Lipscomb in multi-media communications with a minor in journalism. Life is even busier now. She balances family with teaching, coaching and athletic administration duties. Despite her demanding schedule she found some time this week to talk with Lipscombsports.com.

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played softball. My coaches were Kristin Ryman, Amber Wood and Lexi Myers.

"I came to Lipscomb in the fall in 2006 and played in 2007, 2008 and 2009. I had a bunch of torn ligaments and tendons in my right wrist, my throwing hand. I had surgery my senior year and did not play that year.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“I was very excited when I found out the team had tied for the A-Sun regular season championship in 2008. We were all excited.

“I remember running out to the softball field to find Abby Keese because she was sitting out there watching one of the intramural games. When I told her about it we were jumping around and were very excited.

“Every time we traveled it was always a lot of fun. I enjoyed any time that I spent with the girls on the team. Those are the girls that are still my best friends now even though some of them are thousands of miles away.

“Anytime we had to tarp the field because it was going to rain, we would go tarp sliding. We usually had to do it late at night. We would hide from security. I don't know if we would have actually got in trouble, but it was more exciting thinking of it that way.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

"Matt Young was our trainer. He helped me to realize I could do things I never ever thought my body would let me do and he pushed me further than I thought I could be pushed conditioning wise. He always told us we were so much better than the baseball players in conditioning work.

"I love bragging on those things now that I teach P.E. He was very encouraging in how he did it.  I coach softball now and we definitely do conditioning. My girls know what I expect from them. I inherited the importance of coaching and conditioning from him.

"Leigh Little and I played one year together. We didn't exactly get along when we first met. But we became great friends through softball. She was a great mentor...someone to bounce things off of in certain situations back then. She still is one of my best friends to this day. She was in my wedding.

“Amber Wood was another good influence on me. She was easy to relate to and she was someone who was young and encouraging. She was always pushing me at every level. I have a lot of respect for her.”

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“I was really involved with the communications department. I enjoyed working with lipscombsports.com and I was sports editor for ‘The Babbler’.  I remember getting my picture made with Tim Tebow because I was working in the athletic department.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“I learned there are people from all different walks of life. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, different upbringings and different states, but you can become some of the best friends in some of the most unexpected places.

“In life now you never know what you will have in common with someone unless you give them a chance.  That is why it was so great to be on an athletic team.

“Lauren Dortwegt and I visited Lipscomb on our recruiting trips at the same time. She and I could not be any more opposite on the outside. She is more introverted and quiet. I am obviously extroverted.

“But she is someone I could talk to about anything. Softball at Lipscomb showed me I could become close to people when I least expected it.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“It is hard to pick just one. I have three - Dr. Jimmy McCollum, Dr. Mark McGee and Dr. Ray Harris.

“The great thing about the communications department was we didn’t have a huge amount of kids in the major. So we all got to get really close to all of the teachers. We got to know the professors on another level and spend more time with them. We learned more about real life situations.

“I wrote stories and worked on the web site for Dr. McGee in athletics for three years. I worked on production projects with Dr. Harris. I worked on `The Babbler’ with Dr. Mac.”

Where do you live now?

“I live in Key Largo, Fla. I work in Islamorado. I am in the Florida Keys."

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I work at Island Christian School. I am the athletic director and softball coach. I also teach two P.E. classes and a computer class.

“I love being a softball coach. I have always enjoyed softball. It is something I have done my whole life.

“I want to do all of the jobs. The biggest challenge is juggling it all with being a mother. I am just figuring it out the best I can.”

Tell us about your family?

“I hang out with my 4-month old daughter, Remington. We call her `Remy’. My husband, Ben, is a big hunter and we named her after the rifle. He is a fisherman down here. He runs a boat six days a week.

“Being a mom is the best thing ever. She has just started eating solid foods and rolling over. It is exciting.

“I have a 5-year-old step-daughter, Reagan. Remy has just started playing T-ball, basketball and soccer.

“We go fishing and hunting. We have a black lab dog named Kingfish. We just like to hang out together as a family. There are so many things to do down here.”

My e-mail address is kloy@islandchristian.org