Katelyn Falgowski has an impressive resume as one of the country’s top field hockey players. She made the USA under-20 team in 2003, when she was 14 years old, the youngest player ever selected.
All-state in high school, second-team All-America as a freshman at the University of North Carolina. Three-time All-American and NCAA Division I National Player of the Year in 2011. Two-time national champion at UNC. More individual honors than you can count. On top of all that, Falgowski is a two-time Olympian, including at the recently completed London Games.
So when Falgowski and her sister, Kerry, stopped by St. Mark’s High School Thursday during a staff barbecue, she was perhaps the last through the line. Everyone, it seems, wanted to stop for a chat, a hug or a photo. Sometimes all three. Falgowski, who graduated from the Pike Creek school in 2007, was thrilled to be back on familiar turf.
“The St. Mark’s experience was great. I followed my two older sisters (Kerry ’01 and Carly ’02), they played. Playing here with close friends, it’s just an awesome experience. High school is about that time when you’re with your friends and you get to enjoy being on the same team and doing the same things,” she said.
“St. Mark’s was wonderful in allowing me to do my U.S. things but always welcoming me back in.”
In London, Falgowski said she was able to see the gold-medal basketball game and met all the players. She was also able to meet many of the high-profile American athletes. London, she said, “was incredible.”
“I went before to Beijing and that was absolutely wonderful. Going back, you think you know what to expect and it’s such a different experience. London was so welcoming, the people, just the energy there that was present, it was awesome.”
Her family was in England with her. She said they travel everywhere she goes and are her biggest supporters.
The national team has a tournament in Ireland at the end of September, she said, but after that she will have some free time. Falgowski hopes to do some traveling and would like to conduct some camps with her sisters, including one earlier this week at Skyline Middle School. She said she would love to see the next Katelyn Falgowski come through St. Mark’s – well, any school, but preferably, St. Mark’s.
“There’s a lot of talent in the Delaware and Pennsylvania area. We’d love to start working with that in trying to teach fundamentals,” she said.
Anyone interested in more information about camps should visit www.falgo23.com.
She credited the school with preparing her academically for college and for working with her commitments to the national field hockey program.
“I think that says a lot about the school. They can work with people to get the high caliber that they want,” she said.
Looking ahead, Falgowski hasn’t ruled out another Olympic Games, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
“Four years is a long time, but … I think there’s another one in me.”