Katie began playing organized softball at 8 years of age. She traveled with several select teams throughout the country during her softball career, playing in several college showcase tournaments. Katie played her high school ball at Robert E. Lee in Baytown Texas where she started varsity all 4 years, collecting all district honors all 4 seasons. She led the Lady Ganders to playoff appearances during her time there, leading the team in all offensive categories. Katie decided to continue her softball career at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma. At the time SNU was affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a very competitive Sooner Athletic Conference which included softball powerhouses, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma City University and Saint Gregory's University. Katie was selected NAIA All-American 3 consecutive years 2009-11, NFCA All- Central Region, as well as Sooner Athletic Conference 1st team honors. Katie finished her college career with a .451 career batting average, .788 slugging percentage , with 296 hits, 45 home runs, and 211 RBI's. Still today Katie holds several all-time school records at SNU including the highest season batting average of .513 percentage. After Katie's career at SNU, she continued her studies and began coaching as a Graduate Assistant at Greenville College where she helped coach the Panthers while obtaining her Master's Degree in Education.