Real Colorado Welcomes April Kater to Staff
April Kater comes to Real Colorado with a wealth of soccer experience, intangibles, and talent from a history in the game that crossed borders figuratively and physically stamped with excellence at every level she worked in. We are very excited to add her to our staff at Real Colorado and with her breadth of knowledge, challenge and refine our existing philosophy across our age groups, genders and programs.
Kater’s work initially started with implementing training centers nationwide and overseeing the W-YNT scouting network along with coaching the U-14 Girls’ National Team. With the growth of the USA Youth National Team programs Kater’s position then shifted to working closely with U.S. Soccer Women’s Youth National Teams Director April Heinrichs. She then served as the head coach for the U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team program and assists with the U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team and the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team.
Kater came to U.S. Soccer after seven seasons as the assistant coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She joined the staff as an assistant coach in March 2006 and the following fall proceeded to help guide Colorado College to its best showing in 15 years. Overall, the Tigers were 82-44-20 in Kater’s seven seasons with the program.
Kater is a 1991 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where she earned an extensive collection of prestigious national awards during her college career including the 1990 Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year awards as the best player in college soccer. Kater was the third recipient of the Hermann and MAC Awards after Michelle Akers (1988) and Shannon Higgins (1989). She was also an active member of the women’s national team pool from 1989 – 1993.
She was a three-time First-Team All-American, a two-time First-Team Academic All-American and was named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America in 1987.
Kater went on to serve as head coach of the women’s program at Syracuse University for eight seasons (1996 2003). During her tenure, Syracuse enjoyed seven winning campaigns, qualified for the Big East conference tournament three times and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs on two occasions.
Kater has served on the U.S. Soccer staff with various Youth National Teams since 2004, and worked with the Region I Olympic Development Program from 1998 through 2010. She was an assistant coach at her alma mater for two seasons (1993 and 1994), helping UMass reach the NCAA tournament both years, including a national semifinal appearance in 1993.
Co-author of a book on techniques, tactics and teamwork in women’s soccer, published in the spring of 2001, Kater also has worked as a volunteer with Soccer Without Borders since the Spring of 2008. She and several Colorado College players who were directly involved with projects in Nicaragua, as well as collecting equipment and funds to support the organization, which focuses on using soccer as a vehicle for youth development in Nicaragua, Uganda and the United States.
Kater currently holds a USSF ”A” License and an NSCAA Premiere Certification.