Written by: Nicole Trinidad
Photographed by: Ariel Davila
New on campus this year is the softball head coach and physical education teacher, Krissy Hoggatt. While it was her first year on campus, it is her third year as a head softball coach and has previously taught for two years at Trabuco Hills High school in Mission Viejo. So far, the school has welcomed Mrs. Hoggatt into the loving atmosphere of the Valencia community showing our pride, tradition, and excellence. She noticed how involved the staff is and that they are always working on something and trying to include as many people as possible.
When asking her why she chose Valencia, she expressed more about her past. Mrs. Hoggatt grew up in Yorba Linda and went to Esperanza High School. She felt that by immersing herself within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified District, she is “giving back to a place that gave her so much”. As for her interest in softball, she was coached by her dad and has played softball since the age of 5 all the way through college at Chapman University. Mrs. Hoggatt even got her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training.
She has taught sports medicine, health, and physical education before because she felt that they go hand-in-hand together. As a teacher, Mrs, Hoggatt voiced that it is difficult to express her reasons for teaching because she feels they are like many other teachers. She wants to “better the kids and have them in an enjoyable, safe environment and make them feel comfortable”. However, as specifically a physical education teacher, she stated, “PE is a hard class for a lot of students. They don’t like it because they are made to actually do stuff, get up and move around, but I think it’s so important that they learn why they need to do that. I try my best to explain to them that fitness is life long, they need to start now and not wait until they are 35 to get off the couch, and learn the importance of physical activity, health and taking care of yourself.”
When asked about softball season, she talked about how tryouts were October 6 and there are now 33 girls across both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. As of now, the girls are conditioning which involves getting on the field, understanding the fundamentals, and just trying to “dust off the rust” from not playing for so long. Mrs. Hoggatt is excited to see the girls play, create a community, be successful, and have fun. However, more than that, she wants to see her teams become better people, better citizens, overcome any adversity, and properly represent Valencia to its fullest potential. We hope Mrs. Hoggatt will have a great first year here and feels fully apart of the Tiger family.