Assistant Coach, Seattle University
NCAA Division I
Becoming a coach was an easy decision for Gretchen Killebrew, who just completed her first season as assistant coach at Seattle University, where she helped the team compete in its first season as a Division I program.
"It was a natural transition for me to go from playing to coaching, as I am very passionate about the game," she said. "Playing for Jim McLaughlin (at the University of Washington) gave me a strong desire to coach after I finished my playing career. I wanted to be involved in young people's lives and have a positive influence on them the way so many of my coaches influenced and inspired me."
Killebrew's college coaching career began in 2005 at Bellevue Community College, where she guided the team to a regional championship. In 2006, she was an assistant coach at Division II Seattle Pacific University, where the team captured the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship with a 16-0 record. In 2007, she was an assistant coach at Washington State University.
Killebrew, who is expecting her first child in February, has two main career goals.
"First, I want to continue to coach," she said. "I hope our family can continue to be involved in the game that has made such a profound impact on my life. Second, I want to continue to learn and improve as a coach. I believe that great coaches are continual students of the game. I desire to be such a student and welcome opportunities to grow professionally and personally."