Nov. 18, 2016
Kacie Caldwell played for the Buckeyes from 2004-2008. During this time, she was a powerful defender, playing in 46 games from 2006-2008. She was also a three-year letterwinner and scholar-athlete during her time playing for Ohio State. Today, she is the manager of sales and operations at Under Armour in Baltimore, Md.
Can you recall your favorite memory as a Buckeye?
This is a tough one. I don’t know if I have a single favorite memory – football weekends were always the best, but most time spent with the team was pretty much the best!
What does being an Ohio State alumni and former women’s lacrosse player mean to you?
It’s a since of pride. Not a lot of people get the opportunity to play a Division I sport for the best school in the nation!
How did your time as a Buckeye prepare you for what was to come after Ohio State?
Time manage and organization. Most college kids went to class and partied, but we basically had a full-time job. I learned how to balance class, homework and practice (and all that comes with that) while trying to be a normal college student. It was a lot at times, but I learned there is always enough time in the day to get everything done.
As an alumnus of the women’s lacrosse team, what advice would you give student athletes today?
Make sure you have balance. It’s hard work, but worth every minute of it in the end.
Is there anyone specific from your team who had a particular impact on you?
You build a very special bond with your teammates. Not many college students are up before the sun, running the Cooper test or Speed School, so I don’t think I could say one person in particular. So many of my teammates have impacted my life in ways I will be forever grateful for.
Are you able to take the lessons you learned as a Buckeye and apply them to your life today?
Yes, I think the biggest things are my work ethic and leadership skills. Managing a team in the business world is very similar to leading a team on the field: you lead by example, you stay until the last person leaves and you don’t ask someone to do something you can’t or don’t know how to.
How did you choose the field that you are currently working in and what is your favorite part of your current job/occupation?
I don’t know that I really chose the field as much as the company. I wanted to stay close to the sporting world, so Under Armour just made sense. I think my job within UA kind of chose me. My drive and competiveness that OSU instilled in me has helped open many doors in my career path.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests?
I love to travel. Seeing new sites and experiencing other cultures is something I don’t think will ever get old to me.