Faulk Will Return to Utah Softball for Super Senior Season in 2022
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Softball student-athlete Katie Faulk will return to the team in 2022 to play her final season as a "super senior," utilizing the extra year of eligibility granted to student-athletes because of the impacts of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
"I am so excited to be returning to Utah for my 'super senior' season," Faulk said. "My time as a Ute has taught me many lessons, introduced me to incredible people, and given me some of the best memories of my life. It's safe to say I'm not quite ready for that to be over."
Faulk, from Tucson, Ariz., is a three-year starter at catcher who has played in 146 games at Utah and started 130, and has 10 career home runs. She graduated this spring with her bachelor's degree in kinesiology, and will pursue a master's degree in athletic training, which she will complete in the spring of 2023.
"I love being a Ute more than anything and I'm grateful to be able to wear the red and white with pride for another year," Faulk added. "I have no doubt that this team is on the brink of something special and I can't wait to be a part of it. See you next year! Go Utes!"
Faulk played in 54 of Utah's 55 games in the recently completed 2021 season, and had four multi-hit games, as well as a seven-game hitting streak at one point of the season.
"We are extremely happy to announce that Katie Faulk will be coming back for another season, said head coach Amy Hogue. "This season we had Alyssa Barrera serving as our lone "super senior" and she played such an important role with a very young team. I'm excited that Katie will be serving that role for our team next season. She will be the only player exhausting her eligibility in 2022, so once again, we will have a young team for her to lead. As our catcher, Katie is an important voice for us on the field. Having a degree in hand and four years of experience competing in the Pac-12, we are excited to have her lead us again next year."
Faulk's impact has extended beyond the diamond through her involvement in student-athlete and campus leadership. She has served with fellow Utah student-athletes on the Crimson Council for three years, including as President in 2020-21 after a term as Vice President in 2019-20. She also has led the organization's Mental Health sub-committee and will continue to be part of the Wellness Ambassadors group, focusing on expanding the organization's "Unmuted" mental health campaign.
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