Source: Daniel Oppizzi
Sports

Meet the Woman Wearing the Shoes: Cross-Country Coach Walker

Q: At what age did you begin to run cross-country?

We weren’t able to run varsity until we were a freshman. I started running track in

seventh grade and I ran cross-country because my coach told me it would help my

endurance.

 

Q: What was most influential to you as a collegiate athlete?

Practice as a college athlete was most influential for me because at the time it

really made me a better athlete, but [also] actually a better student because it

taught me time management and how to plan out a schedule over a long period of

time.

 

Q: How did running in high school influence you as a cross-country coach?

I learned how to coach by getting coached by great people with very high

standards.

 

Q: Did you run cross-country in high school?

Yes. I ran all four years of high school as well as indoor and outdoor track and

lacrosse. Outdoor track was my favorite sport. I was an all-state runner in high

school.

 

Q: Do you have any secrete talents or fun hobbies?

Hot yoga is a fun hobby of mine. I do it as often as I can, which is a lot less when

I am coaching. I go to Elmsford and Hartsdale. My favorite class is Hot Vinyasa 2

because it is more challenging then level one.

 

Q: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I was supposed to run in college but I ended up playing lacrosse. (I went to SUNY

Ferdonia). Being a student athlete in college really makes you have to learn time

management [more so] than in high school because you really have to be self-

motivated and independent. Playing lacrosse in college was a great opportunity

for me.

 

Q: Did you have any funny nicknames growing up?

My mom used to call me KK because I couldn’t say my name when I was

younger. That’s kind of embarrassing.

 

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a dentist and I thought about being a veterinarian for small animals.

I wanted to be a vet because I love animals and I was always interested in

animals. I ended up being a teacher because I taught fitness throughout college, as

my job. And when I graduated with a Bachelor’s [degree] in Biology I didn’t

know what to do. [I] really liked teaching fitness classes so I decided to go the

teaching route.