Kate Blankenship, a former UAB goalkeeper, was named assistant coach of the UAB women's soccer team in January 2012. Blankenship's main responsibility will be working with the goalkeepers.
Prior to joining UAB's coaching staff, Blankenship served as a graduate assistant coach with the Indiana State University women's soccer program for the 2011 season.
Before arriving at Indiana State University, Blankenship was an assistant women's soccer coach at Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga., where her primary responsibility was coaching the goalkeepers. In her season with the Eagles, the team went 22-0-1, including 15 shutouts. The Eagles captured the 2011 Georgia Independent Sports Association (GISA) 3A state championships.
A standout net minder for UAB from 2007-10, Blankenship compiled a 34-30-9 record. She set the UAB single-season records in shutouts (9) and best goals against average (.082) in her freshman year.
In her four year tenure with the Green and Gold, Blankenship posted career records in saves (341), minutes (6,782:20), shutouts (20) and best goals against average (1.22).
A native of Lizella, Ga., Blankenship graduated from UAB in December 2010 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a minor in athletic coaching.
"I've always wanted to come back to this university so that I could give back to a school that did so much for me. I'm ecstatic to work with [Head] Coach [Harold] Warren and [Assistant] Coach [Rebecca] Whittle. They both have impressive background and are doing amazing things with the women's soccer program."