• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Kalli Richardson

Sophomore, basketball

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Hometown: Blairsburg, Iowa

High School: Northeast Hamilton

Why Central?
I chose Central because I came from a small school, and Central’s campus seemed close-knit. It shared a lot of the same small town qualities I was used to. Not to mention, I thought it was a pretty campus.

Favorite Central memory
Because I am only a sophomore, so far my favorite memory was beating the seniors in powder puff and then winning the championship game against the juniors during Homecoming.

Why you’re excited about the season
I am excited about this season because as a team we have been working really hard in practice, and building off of where we ended last year. The biggest thing, I think, is that as long as we play as a team consistently, we can be really good.

Favorite part of practice
My favorite part about practice is probably scrimmaging because it allows us to use what we have learned from practice to transfer over into game-like situations, which allows us to realize what our strengths and weaknesses are.

Dream job
My dream job would be to use my Health and Exercise Science major to help people in a clinic or hospital setting with wellness related ailments to better their overall health.

Top travel destination, past or future
I would like to go to the Maldives Islands.

Sporting event you’d love to attend
I would love to go see the NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four.

Why you love basketball
I have been playing basketball ever since I was little and organized play since I was in 3rd grade. I think that playing basketball was always a challenge for me because I was always smaller than most of the girls on the floor.  

The thing most people don’t know about Coach Jacobsma
He can jump pretty high. When two balls get stuck in our hoop, he is our go-to to get them out.

Pre-game ritual or habit
I like to listen to music in the locker room and take forever to put my shoes on. I know that seems weird, but it allows me to relax and think about what my role is during the game.

Actress that should play you if they made a movie of your life
Rachel McAdams

Teammate most likely to win a game of Jeopardy 
Jessy Stika, she likes to read :)

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
I think I would choose my mom. She is a very good listener and I like hanging out with her.

Best advice you ever received from a coach
Put the ball in the hoop- HS coach  

Bucket list
I want to sleep in a glass igloo under the Northern Lights in Finland with my best friend Paige Heesch.  


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