Human Science Major Named PNC Student-Athlete Achiever

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 – Katrina Coogan (NHS’15), a human science major and an NCAA All-American senior cross-country runner, was one of the two Georgetown students to receive the inaugural Student-Athlete Achiever Award from PNC Bank.

Joshua Yaro (C’17), a defender on the men’s soccer team, also received the 2014 award.

“It was such a pleasant surprise,” Coogan says. William Lynch III (B’85), MBA, a Georgetown University alumnus and a senior vice president at PNC Bank, and Lee Reed, MS, Georgetown’s director of athletics, presented the awards during the halftime of the men’s basketball game against Kansas in December 2014.

Academic and Athletic Excellence

Michael Harreld, the president of PNC Bank in the greater Washington area, extended his congratulations to Coogan in a letter to Rosemary Sokas, MD, MOH, chair of the Department of Human Science at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

“Both students demonstrate how the skills that make athletes successful – discipline, commitment, focus, high energy, work ethic, ability to handle pressure, and resilience – also drive scholastic achievement,” Harreld said.

Last fall, Coogan earned the title of the Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She became the first Georgetown female athlete to collect this title after Melissa Grelli (B’08) in 2007.

Managing Priorities

The senior says that combining classes with practice requires good time management skills.

“It is hard, because your coaches and professors expect a lot from you, but you learn to be time efficient,” Coogan says. “I am so grateful every day for the opportunity to represent Georgetown. I would not be able to do it without the understanding of professors in the [department] and their unique ability to work with the student-athletes.”

One of Coogan’s favorite classes was “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,” taught by Joan Burggraf Riley (NHS’76, G’97), MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant dean for educational innovation and associate professor of human science and nursing.

“Professor Riley was just great and so passionate about what she taught,” says Coogan, who says that she wants to work in a clinical or public health setting.

By Masha Mikey (S’15)