Katie Sowers Appointed Director of Strategic Sports Initiatives

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Women’s flag soccer | Tue, October 5, 2021 at 4:35 p.m.

OTTAWA, Kan. – Arabie Conner, Director of Athletics at the University of Ottawa, is pleased to announce that Katie Sowers has been named Director of Strategic Athletics Initiatives. In addition, Sowers will also continue her role as Defensive Coordinator and Director of Operations for OU’s Flag Football team, which won the 2021 NAIA Women’s Flag Football National Invitational Championship.

“The addition of Coach Sowers to the track and field office staff along with their visionary leadership will have an immediate positive impact on our sports programs. We have long sought to improve our ability to reach and provide opportunities to various underserved populations, and especially the ongoing one Growth.” and developing women in sport, “Conner said.” The University of Ottawa needed someone the caliber of Coach Sowers and we see that they and their brand dynamics are addressing diversity, equality and inclusion in sport, resource development and outreach beyond our own institution and influence the campus community. “

Sowers has quickly become a forerunner for women in the sports world, breaking barriers and opening opportunities for women at all levels of athletics. At OU, she will continue to lead the growth efforts of female college sports while increasing the visibility of the programs currently offered on campus. Sowers will also lead the development and fundraising efforts aimed at expanding and completing the Dick Peters Sports Complex to create a state-of-the-art facility for women’s flag football and other Braves sports teams.

“I’m excited to be working with such a great university that shares my same vision of not only building football for women, but also creating a platform that is fully committed to creating a level playing field for all,” said Sowers. “I look forward to continuing to use my platform to put myself at the forefront of this initiative at such an opportune and surreal time for women in the sport, while devoting my time and energy to making a positive impact on all of Braves athletics . “

Last summer, Sowers served on the Kansas City Chiefs’ coaching staff as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship, where she had the opportunity to train alongside one of the most accomplished coaches in NFL history, Andy Reid.

Prior to arriving in Ottawa, Sowers was an offensive assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers from 2017 to 2021. She made history as the first female coach on an NFL staff to train in a Super Bowl. Prior to joining the 49ers, Sowers was a wide receiver trainer for the Atlanta Falcons.

Born in Hesston, Kansas, Sowers played soccer in the Women’s Football Alliance for West Michigan Mayhem and her home team, the Kansas City Titans. She was also selected to play on the US women’s national soccer team in 2013, which won the IFAF World Cup and defeated team Canada.

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