Katie Schulze was excited and nervous at the same time.
After all, she had just been offered the athletic director position at Claremore Christian School, her alma mater and place of employment. She assisted former athletic director Ryan Mullins in the past, but this was an entirely new level of opportunity.
Mullins, who is also the CCS football coach, held the title for more than a decade.
After discussing the details with her husband George, Schulze accepted the job offer and was formally announced as the new athletic director Thursday morning on the school’s Facebook page.
“It’s a super cool experience,” Schulze said. “I loved my athletics experience at CCS, so I’m excited to get to still be a part. I think the future is exciting for athletics, and it’s just fun because of what was invested into me to give back to the school.
“I just assisted in organizing a lot of the stuff beforehand, and I did do the scheduling of basketball. Now I will completely take on all the scheduling of every sport, and I’ll be a part of the HCAA (Heartland Christian Athletic Association) meetings when they have those.”
Schulze will also oversee gym rentals for off-campus sports like basketball and volleyball while continuing to coach girls basketball and teach keyboarding and computers classes.
The Lady Warriors have accumulated a 32-3 record the last two years under her tutelage, finishing as state runner-up both seasons. They would’ve finished the 2019-20 season undefeated at 17-0 if not for a half-court buzzer beater from Liberty Academy’s Bria Pelate in the HCAA Class 1A state championship game on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Schulze has moved past that heartbreak, though, and is now looking forward to getting sports started for her first school year at the helm of CCS athletics.
CCS avoided the brunt of COVID-19 cancellations earlier this year because it boasts only one spring sport (track and field), but implementing a safe starting date for its four fall sports will provide a difficult challenge for the rookie AD.
Like many schools across the state, CCS has opened for summer workouts in recent weeks with specific guidelines in place to prevent COVID-19 spread.
However, the HCAA hasn’t released regulations for the fall semester.
“I’m just looking forward to having the kids back and getting to see them accomplish what they want to athletically,” Schulze said. “The biggest challenge is we don’t know what the future looks like at this point, so it’s just kind of a waiting game to see exactly what will be opened up. Hopefully it will all be opened up.
“God has given me a passion for athletics and a desire to love and mentor students. I’m excited to take on this new role and see what the future holds for CCS athletics.”