Allie Paluchniak: Women's Golf Head Coach

How long have you been coaching?
This will be my second year coaching, first year at Wheaton College.
What is the most important part of your job?
The most important part of my job is to impact and influence these young women during some of the most pivotal and foundational years of their life. I think it is important to pour into them both in and out of athletic competition.
Why were you interested in working at Wheaton?
I was interested in working at Wheaton College since I did an internship here in spring of 2016. The balance of rigorous academics, integrated faith and competitive athletics makes it a great place to work. All the people I’ve interacted with during my internship time and since starting here in July have proved that to be true.
When did decide to become a coach?
I always knew I wanted to become a coach in some capacity, at any level. Late high school and my freshman year of college is when I seriously started preparing to make it my career.
Who is a different (professional, college, high school or childhood) coach you look(ed) up to?
A coach I looked up to while growing up was Pat Summitt, who was a pioneer and legend in the world of women’s basketball.
Why do you thinking coaching is important to the body of Christ?
I think coaching is important because it is an opportunity to build community and be a mentor. College students are going through some of the most foundational and pivotal moments of their lives during their four years of undergrad. To be able to impact them and influence them in a way to help them navigate these years is such an important part.

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