Spirit United Soccer Club

Kate Seibert, SUSC Alumni

Kate Seibert, from West Bradford Township, began playing for Spirit in 1991. She played for the “Sharpshooters” (‘82-‘83 boys) coached by Joe Cassidy, and the “Speedsters” (‘83-‘84 boys) coached by Mike Sweet and Ron Kummerer before moving to the girls side of the club. With the “Wild Things” (‘83-‘84 girls), coached by Kurt Worley, she enjoyed two consecutive trips to Regionals as a result of EPYSA State Cup championships in 1997 and 1998. She would later play on another three state cup champions that also yielded a trip to Nationals in her final club year at U19.

Through her involvement in Spirit, Kate also played two years with DELCO (boys) Select and seven years with the EPYSA ODP program. She was a five-year member of the Region I ODP Team, a three-year member of the U.S. National Player Pool, and represented the U.S. against foreign competition on three occasions.

At the high school level, Kate was a four-year starter for Downingtown High School and a member of the Whippets teams that won the PIAA State Championship in 2000 and 2001. She was consistently named to all-league and all-area teams and in her senior year was named a SchoolSports Pre-Season All-American, NSCAA U-17 Youth All-American, and PARADE Magazine All-American. In addition to soccer, Kate also played basketball for Downingtown and closed out her senior year by being named recipient of the McDevitt Award as the top female athlete in the Chesmont League.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Kate was a member of the National Honor Society, graduating with a 3.7 grade point average. She was a member of “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” and spent time as a volunteer in a special needs soccer program.

After being recruited by numerous Division I colleges, Kate accepted an offer from Duke University and departed for Durham, NC in August of 2002. A four-year starter at Duke, she began her college career as a defender and was named to the all-ACC Freshman team. She was moved to a forward position for her senior year following various regional and national accolades as a defender during her sophomore and junior years. As a senior, she was a team captain and won team awards as offensive MVP as well as “Most Inspirational Player,” largely due to the number of games she played despite four surgeries during her playing career at Duke. A major highlight of her senior year was assisting on both goals in Duke’s 2-1 victory at UNC, handing the Tar Heels their only regulation game defeat of the season.

Kate graduated from Duke in May of 2006 with a degree in history. She also earned a secondary teaching license in social studies after student teaching at Jordan High School (Durham) in the spring of 2006.

After spending this past summer at home, Kate relocated to Denver, CO where she currently resides. She works in special education in the Denver public school system, working mostly with children from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds. She is also coaching soccer with Real Colorado, based in suburban Denver, coaching and training several teams. Kate is currently playing some indoor soccer and is contemplating a return to the outdoor game in the spring. In addition, she has been spending a good deal of time on the ski slopes where she has taken up snowboarding.

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