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Kathy Kaler
Kathy Kaler

Asst. Dir., Academic Services/Life Skills Coordinator


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Kathy Kaler was named Assistant Director of Academic Services in September 2014 after 13 years as a counselor in Academic Services for the women's golf and volleyball teams. She also serves as the Life Skills Coordinator, which addresses personal growth, leadership, community service and professional development for all Illinois student-athletes. In 2005, the Life Skills Program was recognized as a Program of Excellence by the D-1A Athletic Directors Association.

Prior to joining the Illini staff, Kaler was the head women's basketball coach, fitness center director and physical education instructor at Danville Area Community College. She started her professional career at Gardner-South Wilmington High School where she taught physical education/driver education and coached girls volleyball, basketball and softball. In addition to her teaching and coaching duties, Kaler served as the girls athletic director.

A native of Rantoul, Ill., Kaler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University where she played volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from Western Illinois University.

Updated September 2014