Getting to know the RSL Women: Kendra Halterman

March 18th, 2015 | by Shawn Blymiller
(Photo: Hagoth Lelepali)

(Photo: Hagoth Lelepali)

Kendra Halterman has been involved with professional women’s soccer in Utah for the past eight years. She began her career as one of the founders of the original WPSL squad called Sparta Women, which is now known as Real Salt Lake Women. She also played striker on the team. She has taken on different roles and assignments with the RSL Women organization, from key administrative duties, to sitting on the Utah Soccer Association board of directors as vice president, to overseeing the Wasatch Women’s Soccer League.

Kendra has coached youth soccer for several years in Utah, as well. Although she isn’t able to play on the field for RSL Women this year, her dedication and focus to the team remains unflinching. Kendra is 34, and she is a Utah local.

@ShawnBlymiller: What is your role on the team?

Kendra Halterman: I do a lot, but my official title is the director of operations and registrar. I schedule home and away games, register the players on the team, book travel,  represent the team at different meetings and conferences around the country —  and so much more.

SB: Describe yourself in 3 words.

KH: Athlete. Busy. Mom. I have two kids who are both soccer players. Cole is 10 and plays for La Roca, and Marley is 8 and plays for Forza.  My husband is Rocky is a rockstar; he has been my greatest supporter in helping me follow my dream to help establish a professional women’s soccer team in Utah.

SB: Where did you grow up and what club did you play for?

KH: I grew up in Centerville and played for several different youth clubs growing up. In junior high, I joined a very talented club called Devastation, coached by Rick Wood. We were seriously good. We won several state titles, a regional title and played at nationals. We were the team that everyone hated playing (laughs). I have great memories of that team.

SB: What inspired you to be a soccer player?

KH: I love everything about the game. I’ve always been around the soccer field and I played on my first team when I was 7 years old. But it’s the adrenalin rush of scoring goals that always leaves me wanting more.

SB: What is the best part of being a part of RSL Women?

KH: My favorite part about playing for RSL Women is the girls. I really enjoy hanging out with some of the funniest, craziest, and most talented players. I would do anything for them.

SB: What is your greatest soccer moment to date?

KH: I have 2; is that okay? In 1998, I took state as a senior year at Viewmont High School, where I was a team captain. I will never forget that feeling.

My other greatest soccer moment was in 2012 when this team was still Salt Lake United. We won the Big Sky Conference, then won the Western Conference, and advanced to the Final Four tournament in Pensacola, Florida. Even though we didn’t win the title, it was so awesome to see a team that struggled for many years grow into such an amazing team.

SB: Do you have any goals for this season?

KH: I have tons. But No. 1 is to have fun — F-U-N. If you are busting your tail, you gotta make sure you are laughing and having fun while you do it. Another goal is to continue to bring a high level of play. With all of the changes we are making this year, we definitely want to accomplish that.

I can’t wait for the season to start. I also think its important we continue to provide a positive environment for our athletes.

SB: What advice do you have for aspiring soccer players?

KH: Train hard, play hard. Be the player that always gives it their all, on and off the field.  And never give up on your dream.

SB: Who was your soccer hero as a child?

KH: Definitely Mia Hamm. That girl was so good — I loved watching her play.

SB: Do you have a favorite game, outside of soccer?

KH: Oh, there is another sport besides soccer? (laughs) Just kidding; I was a huge tomboy growing up. I loved playing all sports. But I would have to say my next favorite sport was probably basketball or softball.

SB: What was your worst subject in school?

KH: I would say English.

SB: What do you do in your downtime?

KH: Downtime — what’s that? I rarely ever get time alone. I’m always running around. But when I have a few minutes to catch my breath, I enjoy movie nights and just laying around.

SB: What is your can’t-miss show right now?

KH: I’m a fan of ‘The Voice’ or ‘The Bachelor/Bachelorette.’

SB: Who is your personal hero?

KH: My dad is definitely my hero. He is pretty amazing. He is my hero because he is the most special person in my life. He is my biggest fan, on and off the field. He has been there for me through my ups and downs. My dad is without a doubt the strongest man I know. He is my family’s rock and guardian. My dad is the most genuine, hard working, unselfish, and spiritual leader with high human values, and morals you will ever meet. He has taught me that getting what you want in life means working for it and earning it. I know that his great example has influenced me to be the person I am today. I am blessed to have such a wonderful dad that is also my hero.

SB: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

KH: I would love to live in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

SB: What is your favorite family vacation?

KH: That’s a hard one — we love to travel. I enjoy cruises, trips to Cancun, and camping with my family.

SB: What motivates you to work hard?

KH: My family is my top priority and motivates me every day. I want to make sure they are taken care of. The other thing that motivates me is my team and the future for women’s soccer. I want nothing more than to see this sport to continue to grow and succeed, and I will do my part to make that happen.

SB: What is your proudest accomplishment?

KH: My proudest accomplishment is definitely this team. It has been a fun, challenging, and rewarding journey so far. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

SB: What makes you laugh the most?

KH: My kids. The stuff kids come up with and say cracks me up.

SB: What did you want to be when you were small?

KH: I wanted to be a nurse or doctor.

SB: If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

KH: I would want to find the cure for cancer. We are losing way too many great people to this horrible disease. I lost my beautiful sister-in-law to the disease.

SB: What would you sing at karaoke night?

KH: I don’t know, but definitely something country.

SB: What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

KH: My radio is usually on a country station, but I also like pop/hip hop and R&B.

SB: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

KH: Sushi. Yummy!

 

You can find all of RSL Women’s players this year on their roster page online.

Shawn Blymiller

Shawn Blymiller

I was a guest host on a weekly podcast called "The Jockularity Show" in preparation of the World Cup. It was there that Rick Aaron from Channel 4 News coined me a "Soccer Geek". I played 2 seasons in the Premier Developmental League, 1 year with BYU and 1 year with the Ogden Outlaws. I also played soccer in college and was named to the All-conference teams. Soccer is my passion, it is in my makeup and in my DNA. I am staying involved with the beautiful game as much as I possibly can. I have done the play by play and the color commentating for games in the PDL, and the Western Athletic Conference for UVU. Follow my posts about RSL, RSL Women, Real Monarchs, UVU Soccer, BYU Soccer, and just about everything else in the footballing world. #COYG Arsenal!
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