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Finding The Balance: Kate Markgraf (’98)

Sep 12, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

Kate Markgraf in action against Brazil at Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece. USA defeated Brazil, 2-0. Credit: Michael Pimentel / ISI

On Sunday, Monogram Club board member and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kate Sobrero Markgraf (’98, soccer) returned to campus to call Notre Dame’s historic debut in the Atlantic Coast Conference, as the #4 Irish men’s team battled #1 North Carolina on ESPNU. (The game ended in a 1-1 tie. CLICK HERE to watch highlights).

In addition to being the first ACC game in school history, for any sport, it was also a big day for Markgraf, as it marked her first time in the booth for a men’s game, and her debut as a commentator for a contest involving her alma mater.

Between being a mother of three, and a

Today, the former Irish All-American is the subject of a great video feature and story on

Renee Peggs writes:

There is no such thing as balance. You cannot have it all. It’s just a matter of managing the best that you can.

Such is the claim of Kate Markgraf – elite soccer standout turned color-commentator – whose presence and poise immediately match her genuine humility. Markgraf (neé Sobrero), 37, boasts national and international accomplishments that defy her years.

A three-time NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-American at Notre Dame, she starred for the Irish from 1995-98. During her collegiate playing career, she earned BIG EAST defensive player-of-the-year honors in 1997, and as a professional was the WUSA (Women’s United Soccer Association) defensive player of the year in 2001. A three-time Olympian, Markgraf won two golds and a silver as a member the USA squad at the Olympic games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) and played on the FIFA World Cup championship team in 1999 and earned her 200th cap for international appearances during her professional career.

Markgraf is currently finishing her master’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and working toward a Ph.D., raising three children, and still finding time to volunteer.

Click here to read the rest of the feature, and while you’re at it, make sure to also watch the video, which is embedded below.

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