Katlin Okamoto

Instructor in the Summer Science & Engineering Program


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Katlin Okamoto has a doctorate in social work with an emphasis in youth work in sport from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in exercise and sport studies from Smith College, and a bachelor’s in biology from Colorado College. She has taught for several years in the Smith College Department of Exercise and Sport Studies and has 20-plus years of experience coaching soccer at the collegiate and youth levels. Okamoto is currently community faculty at the University of Minnesota, where she focuses on evaluation and research in youth sport and youth work settings. She is the director of the Girls Academy for Salvo Soccer Club, where she oversees soccer-specific strength and conditioning programming, annual periodization planning, training and game organization and travel, and the long-term athletic development for girls within this unique academy and national platform.

Additionally, Okamoto leads the national youth advisory panel for the Girls Academy League. She heads the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Salvo Soccer Club and continues to work with boys and girls across all ages throughout the club. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is an A licensed coach through the United States Soccer Federation. She enjoys sports, exercise and the outdoors, and she loves working with Summer Science & Engineering Program students to discover their passion for physical activity through the course.