Drawing Inspiration from Mom

By Brett Rybak

Success on the field has run in the family for Ohio State forward Meghan Kammerdeiner.

A native of South Riding, Va., Kammerdeiner’s mother, Kim (Maslin), was a part of the first United States Women’s National Team to participate in a World Cup in China in 1991.

After winning a national championship at George Mason University by upsetting North Carolina in the championship game in 1985, Kim, a goalkeeper, went on to record 17 caps for the United States. Kim totaled nine clean sheets in that time frame, including her first 843 minutes of her international career without allowing a goal.

“My mom is not only a national champion and a world champion but she also held the shutout record for a substantial period of time,” Meghan said. “She downplays her time with the national team because she tends to be modest when people bring up her accomplishments. One of the reasons my mom is the best is because not only was she an amazing player, but she also cares about the development of the game in the generations after her. She’s coached and taught at every level and has made an impact on so many people’s lives in ways she’ll never know. She is someone who understands how transformative soccer can be for the direction of someone’s life, and her connections across all levels of the game have allowed me to empathize with my coaches and teammates on a deeper level.”

Meghan, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, has continued the same pattern of success. Before suffering a season-ending injury in the 2018 season opener, Meghan played in 38 matches, including 18 starts as a forward, scoring four goals and adding a pair of assists. She’ll look to continue to build on those numbers heading into the 2019 campaign.

“I think a lot of times the type of person you are translates into your personality on the field, and that holds true for my mom and the type of player she has helped me become,” Meghan said. “My mom is the toughest person I’ve ever met and I know that’s one of the reasons she was an amazing player. She also taught me that talent can only take someone so far as a player or as a person. The best of the best realize that there is always going to be someone as talented as you, but there can never be someone who is willing to out-work you. The trailblazer generation is a group that all hung their hats on a having a blue-collar work ethic and that is something I try to emulate whenever I step on the field.”

Kim sees many similarities between herself and her daughter.

“She’s stubborn,” Kim said with a laugh. “When she gets something in her head which is right, she’ll stand by it. She has great character. She handles some situations well that I’m not sure everybody would handle. Her ability to work hard and push herself beyond her limits is far better than what mine was. Meghan really has been able to return from injuries well and that takes a lot to keep pushing.”

So while Meghan is looking for a bounce-back 2019 season, what’s next for Kim? As somebody who once shared a field with national team legends Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Michelle Akers, Kim is looking to enjoy teaching the game to younger players.

“I’m going to continue coaching younger girls,” Kim said. “Although I spent a lot of time as a goalkeeper, I like coaching many of the field players. It’s my passion. I also love my job teaching middle school after spending 12 years teaching high school.”

One thing is for sure, Meghan will continue to draw inspiration from Kim to be successful on and off the field.