Meet Belfry head coach Karissa Paige Whitt

She is entering her eighth season. Started as an assistant coach for UPIKE women’s soccer team in 2012. Moved to Belfry in 2013 and was the assistant soccer coach until 2016. Took over as head coach for the girls the following year.

Whitt played on the first-ever soccer team at Belfry.

“So, coaching here is special to me. I love seeing the team I played on in high school continuously growing.”

She attended UPIKE from 2007-11, attending on a soccer and cheer scholarship. Whitt majored in Art with a minor in Biology.

What is your coaching philosophy?My philosophy for coaching is to nurture an environment for my girls that allows them to grow not only as players on a game field, but as successful young women. I want them to be confident in learning and playing a game they love while being themselves and making great memories.”

What is your favorite kind of music? “I am all over the place when it comes to music. I can go from Bob Marley, to Justin Moore, to Cardi B.”

What is your favorite food? “I love all food. If I had to pick one thing, I’d go with chicken enchiladas.”

Who is your hero or heroes? “My hero is my mom, Sandy. She is so kind and giving. She always puts everyone else first even when she shouldn’t. She raised me to appreciate everyone and everything around me equally.”