Tulsa native, Katayoun “Kat” Khosrowyar, always knew she wanted to play soccer and somehow change the world. At Holland Hall high school, she set bench marks in soccer, field hockey, and track& field. Her coaches and teachers were adamant for Kat to attend an Ivy league school. One summer visiting her grandparents in Iran, she heard about Iranian National Women’s Soccer team being developed. Out of curiosity, she attended the tryouts, and to her disbelief she was selected to be a part of the team. She knew that this opportunity was special, and when seeing the diversity, passion, and pride the teammates had, she knew this was her calling. Balancing her games and studies, she constantly commuted between the UK and her games. She graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham UK with a Master’s in Chemical Engineering.
Her mission and passion have always been championing women’s rights to play sports, and bridging the gap between her two cultures; American and Iranian. She further excelled in her soccer career and became the first woman representing Iran to receive the FIFA/AFC ‘A’ license for coaching soccer. Katayoun has coached the Under 14 and Under 16 Women’s National team where she pushed the teams to be among the top 8 of Asia. She is now the Head Coach of the Under 19 team where she aims to qualify for the Asian Championship. She has been published in many articles and documentaries for her efforts and developments in empowering young girls and women in sports.
She has recently been interviewed and documented for CBS 60 minutes by Lesley Stahl. Katayoun was invited by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and was on the panel discussing the “Health of the Next Generation”. Her goal is to pave the way and be a voice for young disadvantage women, and to leave a legacy of inspiring others to do the same. Katayoun was the winner of the 2018 WSU Coach Award, which is a global recognition for her outstanding work for Iranian women's football.