Kathy Flores

Kathy Flores

Head Coach


Brown University

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Loved physical activity so took Health and Physical Ed in college.
Liked teaching but thought I might like the study of movement.
Liked coaching but thought it would be basketball.
Went to Florida to continue my education in movement sciences.
Discovered rugby and liked it because it had a lot of components of basketball.
Fell in love with sport and became a coach of many teams.
Coached a gay male team.
First woman to coach a National Team in rugby.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Career

Head Coach

I coach a women's rugby collegiate team.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Sports
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Get to work. Check email messages. Meet with players for individual skills work. Go to any meetings with superiors. Training with the team.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Our sport is not an American sport so it's helpful to read online coaching articles from other countries whose main sport is rugby. YouTube is a very good source.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Rugby is not in all high schools. The first step might just be getting a team started. If team members have not played rugby, then it's finding a coach who can teach. You might be interested in actually playing to better learn the sport with goals of coaching in the future. I started out as a player and became the coach because I really loved the strategy of the sport.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Movement Science and Sport Pyschology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"My father said, "You should become a computer person" because it was right on the cusp of computers really becoming a reality in our lives which meant there would be lots of jobs. I never really had noise I can remember from other people."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student