COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the Ohio State women’s soccer team recently making a trip to Texas to take on Texas A&M and TCU, the current group of Buckeyes had a chance to catch up with former Buckeyes playing professionally and others seeing success in their respective careers. In our latest Alumni Spotlight, we had a chance to catch up with former Buckeye Kylie Knight, a solutions engineer working for Oracle in Austin, Texas.
Knight, who captained the Buckeyes as a senior, was a four-year letterwinner from 2015-18. A native of Plymouth, Mich., Knight played in 83 games as an anchor of the Buckeyes’ back line. A United Soccer Coaches Third Team Scholar All-North/Central Region pick in 2018, Knight was a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
What have you been up to since graduating from Ohio State in May?
I’m living in Austin, working as a solutions engineer for Oracle. I mainly support our human capital management application.
How has the move to Austin been?
I’m adjusting well. I love Austin. In just a short time here, I’ve met so many awesome friends and it’s been really fun being out on my own.
How has the transition been from full-time student-athlete to starting your career?
The adjustment has been a lot easier than I thought it’d be. Coming into a program at Oracle with a lot of people in similar situations has been great and I’ve made so many friends. I really miss soccer. Nothing will ever replace being a part of the program and being in Columbus but I love everything about where I’m at and what I’m doing.
We’re still in training but I love my team, my manager and my office. Being on my own has been a really good experience. I’ve never lived by myself. It’s nice but it definitely forces you to be more responsible and grow up quickly.
How has being a part of the women’s soccer program at Ohio State helped you with the start of your career?
I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I don’t look back on my experiences at Ohio State and reference them. Everybody in my program knows me as Kylie, the Ohio State soccer player. We’ve done a bunch of leadership training and I send Coach quotes all the time because it’s definitely something she’d say or use as our quote of the day. I feel like I’m one step ahead in that aspect because of what being a student-athlete at Ohio State provided me. After going through four years of college athletics, overcoming adversity and working with a team, I feel like I’m extremely prepared for the real world. I couldn’t be more thankful for my time in Columbus.