St. Thomas More High School is pleased to announce that Katlyn Putney (STM ’10) will assume the role of athletic director on September 1, 2023. Putney currently serves St. Thomas More as assistant athletic director while also working as the school’s marketing and volunteer coordinator.
“Throughout her time at St. Thomas More, Katlyn has consistently demonstrated her commitment and dedication to our students, both in her athletics and marketing roles.” St. Thomas More President John Hoch (TM ’87) said. “I am confident that under her leadership, Cavalier Athletes will continue its success competitively while providing our student-athletes with lifelong personal and professional skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
A St. Thomas More alumna, Putney has served as assistant athletic director since June 2021 and has played many roles during her time at the school. Returning to St. Thomas More as an intern in January 2015, Putney joined the staff full-time in August 2015 as marketing coordinator, and since 2017, she has also managed volunteers. Putney has also coached girls’ basketball and soccer during her time at St. Thomas More.
“I’m very excited to continue working with the incredible student-athletes at STM,” said Putney, who will be the first female athletic director in school history. “This year, I’m hoping to find new ways to encourage the Cavaliers to participate in athletics, either as a fan or by joining a team. I also want to help the greater STM community support Cavalier Athletics in a way that works best for them, whether that be through cheering and volunteering at games, attending special events, or becoming a sponsor.”
As a St. Thomas More student, Putney earned nine varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and soccer. She also received the Norb Wishowski Award, which recognizes student-athletes who excel in the areas of Christian discipleship, character, leadership, academic success, service, and athletic ability.
“My time as an athlete at STM was defined by the incredible teammates that I was able to play with year after year, and I cherish all of my memories with them so much,” Putney continued. “I also had extremely caring coaches who taught me lessons in leadership, perseverance, and teamwork. Making sure current and future students have a chance to work hard with their team, compete in front of their peers and families, and learn some of those life skills is very important to me, and I’m excited to get started.”
Putney earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she competed on the college’s sailing team. In her free time, Putney loves to be on the water and still sails competitively. She also plays bagpipes in a Scottish Pipe and Drum band called Milwaukee Scottish Pipe Band.
Putney will replace Brian Killoran, who is leaving St. Thomas More to pursue other opportunities in teaching. Killoran will remain at St. Thomas More until the end of August to ensure a smooth transition.
“Brian has been a dedicated employee to St. Thomas More for the last decade, first a science teacher and the last two working long days and nights as athletic director,” Hoch added. “We are grateful for his service to the school and wish him well in the next stage of his career.”