When I first visited Columbia, MO to check out the newest school in the SEC, I was skeptical for a variety of reasons… until I met Kathryn Lucchesi. This Gridiron Belle epitomized Southern hospitality, hard work, dedication, a love AND understanding of the game, and a true insider’s perspective about Mizzou football.
What started out as an opportunity for Kat to use her video editing skills in 2009, has now turned into a full-time position where she sits in coaches meetings, stands on the sidelines and is responsible for all coverage on Coach Pinkel’s website. Talk about a high stakes job!
Meet Mizzou Belle, Kathryn Lucchesi. And yes, keep an eye out for her—she’s too modest to say, but we are betting that she’s going to be the next big sideline talent for network TV!
We’re proud of you. Welcome to Gridiron Belles, Kat and keep up the great work!
Name: Kathryn Lucchesi
SEC Team: Mizzou Football
Graduated from: Mizzou, 2009, Broadcast Journalism
Title: Multimedia Director
Explanation of Your Job: I provide multimedia content for GaryPinkel.com as well as oversee all social media for the football team.
How did you get your start? Our local sports director called me to inform me that Coach Pinkel and the football staff was looking for someone to create promotional videos about the team for a web site. It’s grown tremendously since then into all types of multimedia, including social media.
How long have you been in this role? I started as a graduate assistant with the team in 2009.
So tell us, what exactly is your role? I am technically part of the coaching staff so I sit in the staff meetings soaking in the Mizzou Football philosophy and finding ideas on what the team should promote.
What’s it like to be the only woman in the coaches meetings? (I assume you’re the only woman…?) I am the only female in our staff meetings! 27 guys and me watching film and going over plays. It’s great to see how organized and efficient coaches are in meetings. In a high level, demanding environment a team needs great communication and that starts with a great coaching staff. I get to be a part of that every day.
You’ve got a great “seat” for watching the games…What are you doing on the sidelines? Mostly taking photos and video of our coaches and younger players. I’m also getting bench reactions for social media.
Hardest part of being a woman in a male-dominated sport? It’s a bit more difficult to learn football because I’ve never actually played the sport. Fortunately, the coaches are patient and answer questions when I ask (such as, “why did we go for 2 rather than kicking the extra point?”).
Most challenging part of your job? Trying to stay ahead of the social media world every day!
Most rewarding? Seeing student-athletes grow through their time at Mizzou
Coolest opportunity you’ve had while in this position? (Saw you in front of a helicopter and at the NFL draft… that looked cool.) Yes, the helicopter is always fun! We take it out while visiting high school football games. The NFL Draft and Combine were interesting experiences that I’ll never forget. Being able to visit every SEC stadium is great, and bowl games are absolutely amazing. At the end of day, seeing the guys grow up from the 17-18 year olds we recruited into young men with families makes every second of the job worth it.
You work closely with Coach Pinkel every day, what’s his greatest trait? He is a man of integrity. What he says, he does. It’s not easy for anyone to do this, but I am always impressed by Coach Pinkel’s ability lead by example every single day.
What is one thing your career would not survive without? A positive attitude!
What’s next? Finishing my execMBA degree in May 2016, and then we will see.
Work-life balance, fact or fiction? Fact! I can run half marathons and travel with friends – it takes planning, commitment, and understanding.
Business/career advice to other Belles? Don’t be afraid to try something new – challenge yourself every day.
Favorite part about being a Mizzou fan? I wouldn’t call myself a normal Mizzou Football “fan” – but it is rewarding to see the student-athletes succeed!
Favorite tailgate dish? I don’t remember the last time I tailgated, but if I did, I would love my mom’s chili.
Game day drink of choice? I drink pickle juice on the sideline before every game!
What do you always have in your touch down purse? A phone charger.
Coach Crush? N/A!
Heads or Tails? Defer!
Who wins it all this year? Mizzou of course!