Faces in the crowd: Accomplished faculty avid about ‘Cat athletics

Kathleen Kaiser is a sociology professor and longtime follower of Chico State sports. Photo credit: benjamin marquez

Meet Kathleen Kaiser.

Kaiser has served Chico State since 1972 in a variety of roles, including interim associate dean,
chair of the department of sociology, director of the Applied Sociology Internship Program, academic senator and an assistant coach for women’s
track and field and cross-country teams. She was a nationally ranked marathon runner and triathlete during her assistant coach days.

Kaiser has been following Chico State men’s and women’s basketball since 1972 — she enjoys the game. Her favorite teams are her alma maters: Florida State, Duke University and Chico State.

“I like going to the games and show support because these athletes bring class and pride to the city of Chico,” Kaiser said.

Kaiser loved and played basketball before being a track star at Florida State. Kaiser gave the game up because she couldn’t risk any more ankle injuries for track season.

Kaiser has seen the success that can come to Chico State basketball players firsthand, she said. She taught Damario Sims in class and would go to the games and cheer the team on and it just so happened that he flourished into a great player.

“It’s a blessing to see students who I taught excel as a student and an athlete and watch their success,” Kaiser said.

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