The third part of “Inside the Kansas City Shock” continues as we talked with Shock Head Coach, Nicole Ortiz. Ortiz played soccer in high school for Harrisonville and played in college for Graceland University where she helped carry Graceland to two NAIA tournaments. In the summer of 2010, Ortiz began coaching the Kansas City United Soccer Club and Agape Soccer Club. She also has coaching experience with the 14U Kansas City Brass and 11U Attack soccer clubs. Ortiz is well fit for the Shock head coaching job and we talked with her.
Q. How did you get involved with the Shock?
Nicole Ortiz. The Shock had their kick off tournament in July of last summer and I played in it. I wanted to be involved with the team by doing some kind of coaching. After talking with the whole Shock crew for a while they decided to name me as the head coach for the team.
Q. Did you ever think you would be apart of an organization like this?
Nicole Ortiz. I had always wanted to coach soccer at a high level but I never thought I would be involved in something like this team so soon in my coaching career.
Q. What have you learned the most from the Shock?
Nicole Ortiz. The Shock has opened my eyes up to the massive world of soccer and how much time and dedication it takes to make something work.
Q. What has been your favorite part?
Nicole Ortiz. My favorite part has been seeing the talent that we have in Kansas City. I remember being a young soccer player out of college and not having this kind of opportunity in Kansas City. I am glad that I am able to bring a dream to players wanting to play at a higher level.
Q. How do you balance a job with the Shock?
Nicole Ortiz. Balancing a teaching job and full time club coaching has its challenges. It takes a lot of organization and time management to be able to fit everything in. Throw a two year old in there and things can be even more of a whirlwind but I am dedicated to all of the jobs that I have to tend to.
Q. Where do you expect the Shock to be in ten years?
Nicole Ortiz. I expect the Shock to still be doing what our goal is this year: bringing that dream to female soccer players to play at a higher level while they are in college and beyond their college years.