*This story has been corrected
Katie Boos — hired last week as Lakeridge's new head softball coach — has never been afraid of taking chances.
As a high schooler, Boos chose to play golf rather than softball (though she continued playing with her softball club team). When it came time for college, she stepped away from golf and accepted a softball scholarship to Missouri State University.
After two years as a starter at MSU, she ended her competitive playing career, eventually moved to Oregon after visiting friends in the area and went back to school.
Now, with a decade of experience as a softball coach under her belt, Boos is ready to take another chance.
"I was looking for a high school (coaching) job around town, saw this one come up and thought 'I like Lake Oswego. I want to live there someday," Boos said.
While she doesn't live in LO yet, Boos will be spending a lot of time in town after accepting her new position last week.
Boos, 33, brings a long and solid resume with her to Lakeridge, both as a player and a coach. After growing up in Kansas City, she spent her first two college seasons at MSU, starting for the Bears in 2005-2006 and helping the team win the Missouri Valley Conference championship in '06 and earn a bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.
Later, after she moved to Oregon, she attended Clackamas Community College, got her bachelor's degree in Physical Activity and Exercise from Portland State University, and then her master's degree in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
"I don't know a lot about (the team), but that's kind of nice. I've got a chance to meet them and grow with them."
— Katie Boos
Her 10 years of coaching include stints at her old high school, the TNT Gold travel team, Milwaukie High School, Lewis & Clark College, and finally, the 2018 season as the outfield coach at Concordia University in Portland.
Regarding her move to Oregon, Boos said that, after her first visit, she just couldn't help herself.
"I had a couple of friends who lived out here and I had a chance to move. It's just so much prettier," she said. "It's great for snowboarding, for hiking — there are beautiful views everywhere you look."
Boos succeeds Madison Collura as Lakeridge's head coach. Collura led the Pacers from 2016-2019, compiling a 14-40 record in Three Rivers League play and a 32-68 mark overall, with the team reaching the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs in both 2018-19. The 2019 Pacers went 4-8 and tied for sixth place in the TRL, posted a 12-14 overall record and dropped a 7-1 decision to Roseburg in the first round of the playoffs.
For her part, Boos admittedly doesn't know a lot about the Pacers program yet, but she is excited to meet her team and get to work.
"I don't know a lot about (the team), but that's kind of nice. I've got a chance to meet them and grow with them," she said. "I'm super lucky to walk into this. (Lakeridge has) one of the nicest fields in the Portland area, we've got enclosed dugouts and a snack shack. It's nice to have the support and overall excitement for the team."
Regarding her coaching philosophy, Boos said she plans to work her team on fundamentals, giving players the tools they'll need to successful once games begin for real in March of 2020.
"I just want to take it back to the basics," Boos said. "It's got to be automatic so when the ball comes to me, my body knows what to do and I know where it should go."
Beyond that, Boos plans to work with the Pacers on their mental approach to the game.
"My really, really big thing is controlling the controllables — outlook, effort, reaction," she said. "If you strike out, that at-bat is over, so when you get up again, you can't be thinking about that previous at-bat. The mental aspect of the game is so big."
*The original version of this story incorrectly stated Boos' tenure and job title with the Concordia University softball program
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