Palatine Pirates have new head boys swim coach

Kathryn (Katie) Mroz has been named head boys swim coach at Palatine High School.  Mroz will replace John Schauble who is stepping down after two years at the helm of the Pirates boys swim program.

“We are really excited that Katie will be leading our swimming program,” said Palatine High School Principal Gary Steiger.  “Her experiences as both an athlete and a coach make her the perfect fit for the job.”

Mroz has been assistant coach of the girls swim team at Palatine High School for the past three years.  She has worked as a speech-language pathologist for three years at Conant and Palatine High Schools, as well as at the Higgins Education Center.  Prior to coming to High School District 211, Mroz worked in both medical and educational institutions as a graduate clinician from 2012 to 2014.

Mroz earned her bachelors’s degree in linguistics from Emory University in 2011, and her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Arizona in 2014.  In college, Mroz competed for Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.), swimming the breaststroke and mid-distance.  Among many athletic accomplishments, she was a 10-time, Division 3 All-American and was the 2009 NCAA Champion and record holder as part of the school’s 800-freestyle relay.