Kelsey Kolojejchick

#7 Team USA Midfield
Hometown: Larksville, PA
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina

Accolades

  • Team USA member, played in the 2016 Rio Games
  • Gold medal-winner at 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto
  • First player in school history to be named First Team All-American all four years at North Carolina (2009 - 12)
  • Member of the U.S. Junior National Team (2003 - 10)
Why I Use STX

It wasn’t a hard decision, STX is a great company with great people who are always so supportive and willing to help with anything as much as they can. The sticks and gear are top-notch, which help us compete and succeed at the highest level.

Q&A

Q. How old were you when you started playing?

A. I started when I was 11

Q. Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?

A. Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan.

Q. What was your Play Huge moment in your career?

A. Obviously, playing in the Olympics was a Play Huge moment, but I also think playing with two torn ligaments in my wrist for over a year was a Play Huge moment for me.

Q. What song is always on your pregame play list?

A. Melody by Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.

Q. What’s your favorite movie?

A. Gladiator is the top contender but I also love Remember the Titans.

Q. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

A. Never give up. No matter what struggles and battles you’ll face, never give up on your dreams. Also be a coachable player, appreciate tough criticism and use it to your advantage to make yourself a better player.

Q. Who is one person you (past or present) with whom you’d like to have dinner?

A. Johnny Knoxville, I always found him hilarious and I think that would be an entertaining dinner.

Q. What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed in your sport?

A. I would like to see the refs not have as much influence on the game like they do now.

Q. Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?

A. Katie Bam aka "OD." I swear we have a weird telepathic connection and can always find each other on the field without even looking up at each other. We always make exciting things happen on the field together, which makes playing even more fun. We also have very similar off the field routines that made being roomies on different tours a good time.

Q. Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to become a professional athlete?

A. My parents and brother. They constantly pushed me to strive to be the best and never let me give up on my dreams, which was to make the Olympics. Without them, I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Q. Describe your playing style in three words.

A. Strong, relentless, bad-ass

Q. What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?

A. I love scrimmaging, but my favorite drill would be a shooting drill that involves lifting the ball and cracking it at cage mid-air.

Q. What’s your favorite pre-game meal?

A. PB&J sandwich with a banana.

Q. Tell us your favorite motivational quote.

A. It’s actually from the movie, The Replacements. Coach McGinty says, “You’ve got to have heart, miles and miles of heart.”

Q. If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. Holland. They are consistently the best players in the world and it is always a fun atmosphere to play in with great fans and music.

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