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Getting to know… Kat Wilson, Event Operations


(Kat, center, with fellow DePauw fans)

This is part of our spotlight series on team members in NCSA Athletic Recruiting. If you’re interested in joining the team, check out our career page for some of our great openings.

  • Full Name: Katarina Christine Wilson
  • Born: Evanston, IL. I lived there my whole life but moved 3 times. My Parents grew up there and moved home right after graduating college! I recently just moved to the City.
  • Family: My mom and dad both still live in Evanston with our two pups, GiGi and Teddy. My brother is a junior at DePauw University. I have a really big, tight-knit extended family, too—we’re Greek after all.
  • College: DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. it’s a small school with not a lot around it but I wouldn’t trade my four years there for anything!
Who’s your favorite athlete?

Tough call… but I’ll go with Jonathan Toews. I’m a HUGE Blackhawks fan and have been watching games with my dad since as long as I can remember! We used to “skate” in our kitchen when I was little and I once got kicked out of an indoor soccer game for checking someone into the wall. I was probably about 10.

What do you consider your greatest athletic achievement?

In college, I started every game for four years straight. I missed the record by 1 game because the seasons used to be longer!

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

The people who stand in front of the door on the train and don’t move when you have to get out.

Give us the low down. What’s a little-known fact about you?

When I was 7 or 8, my mom entered me in a beauty pageant. I placed, trophy and sash and all. I cried the whole way home and refused to ever do another pageant. I kept the trophy hidden for years—it was my best kept secret until now.

Alright. So it’s your last meal on Earth. (Sorry about that, by the way.) What are you having?

Spicy chicken tacos with endless guac. I’d follow that with some homemade mac and cheese and then probably some deep dish pizza. A few months ago I found out I have a gluten allergy so I miss mac and cheese and pizza the most. Gluten free is just not the same.

How did you get started with NCSA?

I started as the Event Operations intern in November 2013 and was hired full time in Feb. 2014 as the Event Logistics Coordinator.

What’s your first memory with the company?

On my like, 8th day of work, we had the Turkey Bowl. I remember leaving early and setting up for the event and being told I was being “thrown into the fire.” I remember it was freezing, and muddy, and the big tent was broken. Dane, Jaclyn and Jim fixed it with some string and laughed about it. I was like “hey, everyone here laughs about everything… I think I can do this….”

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.