Learn Soccer from the Pros: Kristin Grubka of Sky Blue FC
Our Learn Soccer from the Pros series continues with an interview with defender Kristin Grubka of Sky Blue FC.
Grubka was selected No. 10 overall in the 2015 NWSL College Draft after helping lead Florida State to its first national championship in 2014. She is also a member of the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team.
1. Who were some of your favorite professional players to watch as you were growing up?
Kristin: I think anyone from my age group would respond with Mia Hamm. She was a player I looked up to always. Also on the men's side, I always like watching Clint Dempsey play.
2. You played a major role in helping Florida State capture its first national championship last year. What was that experience like?
Kristin: The experience was a long journey. Going to the College Cup three years prior and not being able to get over that hump was frustrating. But getting back each time was an accomplishment as well.
And finally getting that title and getting head coach Mark Krikorian his first D1 championship was such a relief.
3. What has been the hardest part about the transition in making the jump from the college level to the professional level?
Kristin: I think the speed of play and how fast you have to make decisions on the field. Also, the caliber of players that are in this league is a big difference between pro and the college level.
4. Just how important is your preparation off the field (eating right, getting enough sleep, etc.) as a professional player?
Kristin: I think it is very important. Coming from a college program that stressed professionalism and how to prepare your body to be able to perform your best has helped me carry those habits now at the pro level.
5. A lot of young players have a hard time communicating on the field. What are some good tips that you've learned over the years in terms of being vocal with teammates during a game?
Kristin: This is a trait that I am still working on myself. But what I have learned is that being comfortable and confident are two things that are important when communicating on the field.
The more communication you have with your players on the field, the easier it is to be successful.
6. What is the best piece of advice that you've received throughout your career?
Kristin: Just go out and have fun.