Today we’d like to introduce our Head JV Softball Coach & WCHS Science teacher, Cat Trouteaud.
I am a native Texan – born and raised. I have been playing sports for as long as I can remember and started playing softball when I was in 2nd grade. Despite “taking one to the face” during my first practice, I went on to play competitively in travel ball making Gold Nationals and pitched my school team to a 5A second place finish my junior year (notably, we lost to a team led by Christa Williams – who pitched for the Olympic softball team the next summer). I also played volleyball, basketball and competed in track and field in middle and high school.
I went on to play softball for DII Eckerd College. I still have a place in the top 10 for wins in a season – and a top 20 spot for ERA, Innings Pitched, and Games Pitched. While in college I volunteered at Lowry Park (now Tampa) Zoo in the Bird of Prey show flying hawks and owls, I also worked for the Zoo Education program at Busch Gardens and volunteered at Wildife on Easy Street (now Big Cat Rescue… yes, that one… never even met Carole Baskins though). I have always loved animals and nature which is how I became interested in majoring in Environmental Science and heading to Florida to college.
I absolutely love teaching the subject that I am so interested in (APES) and teaching physics because it explains so much about the fundamental mechanics of sports. I am also a reader for the AP Environmental Science exam (yep, I grade about 3,000 essays for one week each summer) and am part of the AP Daily video team.
My other love in life is watching my family compete in sports. I have a junior (Corwin) who plays competitive boys volleyball for Maryland Volleyball Club and for WCHS, my 6th grader (Keaton) is already an accomplished cross country and middle distance runner and cannot wait to get to Churchill to compete, and my 3rd grader (Eleanor) is still figuring out what she likes to do best – if a sport could involve glitter and hugs that would be her favorite. My husband (Alex) is also an accomplished amateur runner – he won his age group for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2019!
- What motivates you to work hard?
I have a competitive spirit that drives me to work hard in everything I do. It is simply in my nature to want to be the best at anything I do. From making and teaching lessons, to sports and even board games – ask my kids – I make everything a competition. (I may have once accidentally knocked a lady over going for a chair in musical chairs at my son’s gymnastics tournament. I used my basketball skills to block out and she was not prepared for that. I won a poinsettia.)
2. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
I wanted to be a Cetacean Biologist (study dolphins and whales). I have always loved the ocean, but I am not fond of being in water if I can’t see my toes or touch the bottom.
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
My best memories always involve animals. Going to the zoo, feeding ducks at the park, going to the gulf coast to see ‘gators or even just playing with our pets. So probably my most notable memory is the day my first pet (a stray cat) adopted me while my mom and I waited for my brother to get out of school.
4. What is the last book you read that you absolutely couldn’t put down?
Karin Slaughter’s latest in the Will Trent series: The Silent Wife
I love crime mysteries and all of Slaughter’s books are set in Georgia – where we lived from 2004 – 2017 (so most my whole adult life), so that adds to the appeal of all her books – this was just her latest released in July.
5. What’s your all-time favorite movie?
The Princess Bride
6. Who is your favorite band?
Music is like air, I can’t live without it… picking just one???
Red Hot Chili Peppers is always up there with Toad the Wet Sprocket and Green Day. But I’m a sucker for (non-bands) John Mellencamp and Kenny Loggins, too. Then there’s the classics like Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles. And how can I ignore Garth Brooks… I can’t even narrow it down – the list is getting longer!!! Don’t leave out P!nk and Matchbox Twenty… seriously I gotta stop. What about the foundation of rock by Buddy Holly then Pearl Jam changing the scene…. this is a can of worms question for me.
7. What is your favorite holiday?
HALLOWEEN! No question. Great season, great weather – but most importantly it is a time when people give with NO expectation of return. It has such a wonderful sense of community and kindness. I loved it as a kid, and now I love it as a parent. (No scary movies or haunted houses though – just the trick or treating and dressing up)
8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Popcorn! I love popcorn! Any kind – buttered, salt, caramel corn, white cheddar.. love it!
9. Which famous person would you like to be best friends with?
I always joke with my husband that I think I would be bffs with Howie Kendrick – we both have bird tattoos and he looks like he’s the nicest guy ever. Plus maybe I’d score some free Nats tickets. GO HOWIE!!
10. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Teleportation (or if you are familiar with the show Charmed – I want to “orb”)
Think of all the amazing places you could visit and be back in your own bed at night!
Thanks Coach for sharing!
*A family pic from the Suicide Prevention Walk last fall
*Me loving life working at Busch Gardens Tampa in college
*A picture of me and my HS coach at our banquet senior year
*A newsclipping of me – junior year in HS – yes, that says 0.68 ERA – junkballer all day