IWLCA Names 2022 Kristina Quigley Fellowship Winner
“I want to congratulate Karen Heggerness on receiving the 2022 Kristina Quigley Award,” said Mike Scerbo, former Duquesne University head coach, selection committee chair and mentor to Quigley in his first college coaching job. . “Our committee was unanimous that Karen embodies all of the wonderful qualities that have guided Kristie through her life; dedication to family, love of coaching and the harmonious blend of the two.
In her scholarship application, Heggerness wrote, “This job is hard on the family. Long weekends away. Nights and mornings away. My wife has been by my side all this time. My passion for coaching can only come true if I keep my family and my team connected. I learned raising a toddler and coaching a team that it’s more similar than different. Both require patience, consistent training, and a lot of relationship building.
Heggerness went on to describe how his wife, Briana Brady, stepped into the position of caretaker and parent in the blink of an eye as Heggerness faced a medical emergency that would sideline her for six months while struggling. to get full custody of their nephew. “As well as doing all the parenting and foster care duties like visits and social work calls, my wife has also become my home nurse. When I felt like I would never recover, she supported me and listened carefully. Every day I see the scar that reminds me of how much she cared for me and Layne during such a difficult time.
The description of the Kristina Quigley Scholarship reads, in part:
To honor the passion, commitment and values of Kristina Quigley, the IWLCA has created a scholarship in her name. The purpose of this scholarship will be to subsidize a trip to the venue of the IWLCA Annual Meeting for the recipient’s family. The time-consuming nature of the coaching profession is important and family time is often sacrificed. The opportunity for a family to join a coach on this journey represents the very essence of Kristina Quigley.
Heggerness was selected by the Kristina Quigley Scholarship Committee based on her response to the essay detailing her ‘passion for training and family’ and describing ‘what it would be like to have your family with you to the IWLCA Convention”. After being informed of her selection, Heggerness said: My family and I are honored to receive the Kristina Quigley IWLCA Scholarship for sponsored travel to the IWLCA convention. Kristina’s passion for merging her coaching life and family life is something I strive to achieve in my own life. Now that my wife and I will soon be adopting our biological nephew through foster care, we are thrilled to have the chance to make some amazing memories on our trip to Dallas.
The 2022 IWLCA Convention, presented by StringKing, will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX, November 16-18. Heggerness will be present with his wife Briana and their two-year-old adopted son, Layne.