It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Kathy Kroupa, a real-life superwoman.
The Susquehanna head softball coach may not wake up in the morning and dress herself in a blue and red costume, but she does possess numerous qualities that qualify her for superwoman status.
To the average bystander, Kroupa is merely the head softball coach and, until this past season, the head women’s soccer coach. These have been her publicly visible roles. What most people don’t see is the five other jobs she does alongside coaching a team of 23 young women.
In addition to her coaching role, Kroupa is an assistant athletics director, the administrator of the Susquehanna Athletics Senior Woman program, an advocate for the university’s Sexual Assault Student Support Program, staff advisor of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and a guiding force in the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Program, previously called CHAMPS. And, as if that weren’t enough, she teaches a perspectives class to first-year students.
How is she able to get everything done in a day?
“I really love what I do, and you just find a way to get it done,” she says. “Sometimes you don’t always get it done the way you want, but you try your best and accept that.”
Kroupa entered her 10th season as head softball coach this spring. During her nine-year tenure at Susquehanna, she has racked up a 178–126–1 record and had winning seasons in seven of the last eight years, including a school-record 34-win campaign in 2010 (34–13).
“Kathy is someone who truly believes in the Division III philosophy, and this is evident in how she distributes her time and efforts,” says Pam Samuelson, director of athletics. “She is definitely committed to a highly competitive softball program, but her passions go beyond just the softball field. Kathy works hard to ensure that the softball players, and all of our student-athletes for that matter, have opportunities available to them off the field as well.”
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Katie Meier, director of athletics communications; Ryan Novitsky, assistant director of athletics communications; and Lauren Gilbert ’13, a communications major from Mechanicsburg, Pa.