Highlights from Session V with Kate
Athletes had the opportunity to work with Kate on the field, participate in a Q&A session, and receive an autographed item and picture with her.
Kate was a member of the 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team, two Olympic gold medal teams (2004, 2008) co-captaining in 2008, and an Olympic silver medal team (2000). She was one of the youngest and least experienced players on the 1999 World Cup team having only 27 caps when starting in the opening game. Always a gritty and athletic defender, she grew into a leader and key player in the starting lineup for over 11 years. Kate competed in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and on the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams. Her 201 caps rank ninth all-time in U.S. history, and her 187 starts rank seventh. In addition, Kate played for the Boston Breakers in the WUSA and for the Red Stars in the WPS.
As a collegiate stand out, Kate helped her Notre Dame Fighting Irish team to an NCAA title in 1995. In her career, she was a three-time NSCAA All-American, a three-time all Big East selection, the 1997 Big East defensive player of the year, and the defensive MVP of the NCAA’s Final Four in 1995. Markgraf played in both the WUSA, where she played three seasons for the Boston Breakers, and in WPS, where she played for the Red Stars.
After her playing career, Kate has stayed involved in the game through broadcasting and coaching. Markgraf was a color commentator for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2012 London Olympics and several US Women’s National team games. She has also served as color commentator for collegiate games on the Big Ten Networks. Kate has stayed active in the soccer community serving as the volunteer assistant at Marquette University.