Kristen Konkol enters her first year as assistant strength and
conditioning coach within the athletics department. A native of
Waupaca, Wisconsin, Konkol brings an extensive background in health
and exercise science, human performance, and kinesiology to Gustavus.
After graduating from Waupaca High School in 1995, Konkol attended the
University of Toledo where she spent four seasons as a point guard on
the women's basketball team. During her career at Toledo, the Rockets
went a combined 101-22 and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament three
of her four seasons on the team.
Konkol went on to earn a bachelor's degree in exercise science from
Toledo in 1999. She then attended the University of Minnesota and
earned a master's degree in kinesiology in 2001. Following her
master's work, Kristen worked as a community program specialist at the
University of Minnesota working on research grants from the Susan G.
Komen Foundation and National Institute of Health.
Following three years at Minnesota, Konkol volunteered for the Peace
Corps and served as a performance specialist, clinic volunteer,
physical education and health education instructor, and a grant writer
in Guyana, South America from 2004-to-2006. She then continued to work
in Guyana after Peace Corps service with the Global Mission unit of
the ELCA until the end of 2007.
In 2008 she went on to work for the ELCA Global Mission unit as
Co-coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission program in South
Africa. She also began working for the University of KwaZulu-Natal
(South Africa) Sport Science Department as a lecturer, lab instructor,
and performance specialist. During her time at KwaZulu-Natal, Konkol
also worked towards and eventually achieved a Ph.D. in sports science
from the University in 2013.
To go along with her duties at Gustavus, Kristen has also worked as an
adjunct faculty member in the Human Performance Department at
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Konkol and her husband, Brian, live in St. Peter with their son,
Khaya, and a daughter, Tobi.