Kendra Halterman has been involved with professional women’s soccer in Utah over the last 8 years. She began her career in professional women’s soccer as one of the founders of the original WPSL Sparta Women’s Team (now Real Salt Lake Women) as well as playing a key role as a striker on the field. She has taken on different roles and assignments, from key administrative duties associated with RSL Women, to sitting on the Utah Soccer Association board of directors as vice president overseeing the Wasatch Women’s Soccer League, to coaching youth soccer, in an effort to keep the sport of women’s soccer progressive in Utah. 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 played here locally growing up and she is 34 years old @ShawnBlymiller: What is your role on the team?
Kendra Halterman: Well I actually do a lot but my title is the director of operations/registrar. I schedule home and away games, register the players on the team, book our travel, I 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 2 kids who are both soccer players. Cole is 10 and plays for La Roca, and Marley is 8 and plays for Forza. My husband's name is Rocky, and he 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. I played for several different youth clubs growing up, but in Junior high I joined a very talented club called Devastation coached by Rick Wood. We were seriously so good. We won several state titles, regional title and went on to play in Nationals. We were the team that everyone hated playing. ha ha 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 I must say it’s the adrenalin rush of scoring goals that always makes me wanting more.
SB: What is your favorite thing about 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 talented players. I would do anything for them.
SB: What is your greatest soccer moment to date?
KH: Well I have 2. Is that okay? In 1998 I took State my senior year at Viewmont High School as a captain. I will never forget that feeling. My other greatest soccer moment was in 2012 when this team was actually called Salt Lake United. We won the Big Sky Conference, then won the Western Conference, and got to advance to participate in the Final Four Tournament played in Pensacola, Florida. Even though we didn’t win the national title, it was so awesome to see a team that struggled for many years grow into this amazing team.
SB: Goals for the season?
KH: Oh Geez! There are tons. But #1 is to have FUN! If your busting your tail you gotta make sure your laughing and having fun while you do it. Right! Another goal would be is to continue to bring the level of play higher. With all of the changes we are making this year, we are definitely going to be accomplishing that. I cant wait for the season to start. I also think its important we continue to provide a positive environment for our athletes.
SB: Advice 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 idol growing up?
KH: Mia Hamm! Dang that girl was so good. I loved watching her play.
SB: Favorite game outside of soccer?
KH: Oh, there is another sport besides soccer? (Laughter) Just Kidding! I was a huge tomboy growing up. I loved playing all sports. But, I would have to say my next favorite would probably be basketball or softball.
SB: Worst subject at 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. (Laughter) But, when I have a few minutes to catch my breath, I enjoy movie nights and just laying around.
SB: What show can’t you miss?
KH: The Voice or The Bachelor/ Bachelorette.
SB: Who is your hero?
KH: My Dad is definitely my hero. He is pretty amazing! My Dad 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 truly 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: Favorite vacation… that’s a hard one. We love to travel. I enjoy cruises, trips to Cancun or 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 would definitely have to be 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 this disease.
SB: What would you sing at Karaoke night?
KH: Ummmm something country.
SB: What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
KH: My radio is usually on country, but I also like Pop/Hip Hop or R&B.
SB: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
KH: Sushi. Yummy!