NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Irish standout and current Monogram Club Second Vice President Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf (‘98) was announced as the first ever general manager of the United States Women’s National Team Monday afternoon.
The role of the Women’s National Team General Manager will have an expanded scope beyond the senior team, influencing the development of women’s soccer within the Federation and serving as the external liaison to all stakeholders. While Markgraf’s immediate priority will be to lead the process of selecting the next head coach of the Women’s National Team ahead of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games, she will also manage the overall technical plan for the Women’s National Team program, which includes the hiring of Youth National Team coaches and staff.
Markgraf played in 201 matches for the USWNT, appeared in three Olympics (two gold medals, one silver) and three FIFA Women’s World Cups. Markgraf was a member of the 1999 squad that won the World Cup on U.S soil in Pasadena, California. After retiring from soccer in 2010, Markgraf began her broadcast career that includes coverage of World Cups, European Championships and Olympic games over a number of networks.
Markgraf returned to Notre Dame in 2014 to announce the first ever ACC-contest for the Fighting Irish. She was on the call for the men’s soccer match against North Carolina that was aired on ESPNU.
Markgraf was a three-time All-American with the Irish, starting all 97 games of her career. She helped the Irish to their first NCAA Championship in 1995, earning the nod as the tournament’s Defensive MVP as a sophomore. As a junior and senior, she was a national player of the year finalist.