All photos provided by award recipient. Credit to 8th Man Photography, Susie Seitz, and a Cal parent.

Age: 26


Hails From: Pennsylvania; currently lives in Dallas, Texas


Job That Pays the Bills: Marketing for the Pickle Juice Company 


Leading Like a Rugby Boss:

  • Selected to Stellenbosch, SA Referee Training Program. A big shout out to Southeast Rugby Referee Society (SERRS) for seeing Kat’s potential and financing her trip

  • Youngest referee on the USA Rugby Referee National Panel

  • Chairman of the Texas Rugby Referee Association

  • Board member for both the Texas Rugby Union and Red River Competitions Committee

  • Refereed WPL Final 2019, MLR Referee Group 2019-2021, Dubai 7's Invitational 2018


Why We Love Kat:

  • 2018-2020 Rookie Rugby Texas coached 3rd-5th grade players in flag rugby

  • Forms relationships with clubs all over the country and is the first to put her hand up to help set up a pitch, clean up a social, or organize a tournament schedule. 

  • Training for a marathon


Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): Kat Roche: Will Relocate to Ref (2019)