If you have passed through one of her classes or been in the Bellevue Girls Soccer program, then you know that Kay Chikos is one of the best math teachers and soccer coaches out there. However what you might not know is that behind her well known exterior, Chikos is a rowing superstar. Reining from Seattle Pacific University (SPU), the math teacher was a part of the women’s varsity eight team that won the Varsity Eights Petite Final NCAA championships in 2007 and won the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in 2008 as well as bronze in 2007.
“It was an incredible experience to have with teammates because of the sense of accomplishment and the hard work that was put in as a team” Chikos said.
Chikos began rowing when she decided to attend SPU and wanted to have an experience that included both academics and athletics. She had heard about the sport through a friend and sent an email to the head coach of the SPU rowing team explaining how she had never touched an oar but had an interest in the sport. He asked her for an athletic resume and they met up the spring of her senior year.
“It turned out he had more of an interest towards the person than he had towards their rowing skill. He offered me a scholarship to row without ever rowing,” Chikos said.
During her years of rowing at SPU, Chikos put the student in student-athlete earning herself a spot on the 2008 Great Northwest Athletic Conference At-Large Academic All-Star team. But even through her two years of collegiate rowing, Chikos never lost her passion for soccer.
“Some of my best high school experiences were on the soccer field and wanted to create and be a part of those experiences for the girls in the BHS program,” Chikos, the 3 year JV coach said.
Chikos played premier club soccer throughout high school and played on the Kentridge High School varsity team. The SPU alumni played club for the FC Royals, winning state cup and attended the Far West Regionals. Chikos hopes to continue her passion for soccer in her years to come in the Bellevue Soccer program.