Norton, Mass.- Today's spotlight is alumni Jessica Kiablick and wife of Emily Kiablick, the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach. Jessica was a member of the Women's Soccer team here at Wheaton College and currently holds the record for most wins made by a goalkeeper (59). Be sure to check out our next spotlight on Thursday!
Name: Jessica Kiablick
Major: Studio Arts
Hometown: Sandwich, MA
Question & Answer
What was your path to end up at Wheaton College?
I was playing club soccer and Wheaton hosted a small sided tournament that my team played in. I instantly fell in love with the campus! I am a home body and loved the idea of being far enough away but just close enough so my parents could attend games. The Studio Arts department was fantastic and that pretty much sealed the deal for me.
How did you get into soccer?
I was an active kid growing up and one of the rec programs in my town was soccer I started when I was five years old playing with the boys and loved every minute of it. In the 5th grade we moved to Rhode Island and I joined my first girls team and soon after got involved with a competitive club.
What was your favorite part about Wheaton Women's Soccer?
It is easy to be nostalgic now having graduated 16 years ago but I would say all of it – ups and downs. Playing four years on the Women's soccer team shaped me into the person I am today and allowed me to become the best version of myself. I loved the comradery of my teammates – it allows you to be part of something greater than yourself. You are never alone in defeat and are humbled in victory: two very important lessons I use every day now, as a parent.
What has your journey been following Wheaton College? What are you up to now?
Following graduation at Wheaton I felt a loss not having soccer in my life. As luck would have it I was able to join the coaching staff at Roger Williams University. I remained on their coaching staff through 2009. This was also where I met my wife, Emily (Wheaton's women's Lacrosse Coach). In 2009 Emily made the move to Wheaton and I ultimately decided to step away from coaching. I recently jumped back into the coaching game only on a slightly different level. We currently live on Cape Cod with our two kids Olivia (age 6) and Maya (age 1) and I spend weekends coaching Olivia and other 6 year olds in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.
What is your most memorable moment from your years spent at Wheaton College?
Ugh, I want to leave you with a Big Win story here but as a goalie I have to admit that my most memorable moment is from my junior year, we hosted the Elite 8 and ended up losing in penalty kicks. I do feel a little bit like the SNL Character, Debbie Downer, so I would also like to add that our trip to San Antonio Texas my junior year was pretty amazing.
Rapid Fire Questions
Favorite place to eat in Norton, Ma? I can't remember the name of it but it was a great sandwich place next to where Emma's is now. I have been told that I need to try Mac and Walts as I am a huge burger fan.
Favorite event to attend at Wheaton College? Spring Weekend – Peacock Pond Race
Favorite sports team? US Women's Soccer National Team….ooops! I mean Wheaton Women's Lacrosse.
Favorite place on the Wheaton College campus? Toss up – Mirrione Field & Photography lab
Favorite movie? Ha. I haven't had my pick in movies in years so at this point in my life I just hope for kids movies that don't completely annoy me. In college I enjoyed the "Goonies".