Kelsey Kolojejchick

USA Field Hockey

Hometown: Larksville, Pa
 Current Residence: Chapel Hill, NC 
 Born:  1991
Joined National Team: 2012
Position: Midfield
Number: 7
Caps: 31

BIO

Kolojejchick first began playing field hockey in 2003 after a parent on her club soccer team suggested she that she pick up a stick. Throughout high school, she was a standout athlete not only on the field hockey pitch, but on the soccer field, the softball diamond, the gymnastics mat, the trim of track and in the swimming pool. Although with her love of difference athletics Kolojejchick ultimately chose to pursue a career in field hockey at the University of North Carolina and was the first player in the university’s history to be named as an NFHCA First Team All-American all four years. She traveled on a number of tours as a member of the U.S. Junior National Squads from 2003 to 2010 when she earned her first cap with the U.S. Women’s Senior National Squad. Since being named to the team in 2012, Kolojejchick has made an immediate impact on the pitch and has joined several of her Tarheel teammates in representing the red, white and blue.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2013: World League Round 2 (1st, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Pan American Cup (2nd, Mendoza, Argentina)
  • 2012: Four Nations (1st, Terrassa, Spain), Four Nations (2nd, Auckland, New Zealand) 
  • 2009-2012: NFHCA First Team All-American
  • 2009: Junior World Cup (Boston, Mass.), ACC Freshman of the Year
  • 2008: Junior Pan American Games (1st, Mexico City, Mexico)
  • 2007: Named to US Women’s U21 National Squad
  • 2003-2005: Member of US Women’s U16 National Squad

PERSONAL INFORMATION

High School: Wyoming Seminary
Club: Valley Styx, Pocono 
Years of Futures: 2003-07
College: University of North Carolina
Major: Communications 
Names of parents/guardians: Jim and Doreen
Names of sibling(s): Matt
Game day habit: I have to do everything the same for every game: Take a nap before pre-game rituals, do my hair the same way, put my uniform on the same way, listen to the same music (intense rap), and always call my parents for a pre-game pep talk. It is a must that I have my bracelets on for every game; I am so superstitious about them! I would be lost without them!
Favorite sports quote: “Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.”- Vince Lombardi
“Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep down inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.”- Muhammad Ali
Best words of advice: I live by this quote from the movie The Replacements. Coach McGinty says, “You gotta have heart, miles and miles of heart.” You have to have it inside you to compete; you feel it in your blood and you should never just be okay with losing or be okay with having a poor performance. Have tough skin, listen and learn from criticism and mistakes, it will only make you stronger and a better athlete.