25 Things You Didn't Know About Karen Hoppa

June 19, 2014

Karen Hoppa is entering her 16th season at the helm of the Auburn women's soccer team. She has two championships to her name, the 2002 SEC Regular-Season Championship and the 2011 SEC Tournament Championship.

1. I grew up in Naperville, Illinois.

2. When my parents signed me up for soccer, I thought it was stupid.

3. In high school I played varsity basketball and softball.

4. I really wanted to be a two-sport in athlete in college, but no colleges offered the opportunity.

5. I played soccer at the University of Central Florida.

6. Also, a member of the UCF Hall of Fame.

7. I became a head coach at 23 at UCF, at that time I was the youngest coach to coach a division I program.

8. I was the assistant coach for the U19 National team in the inaugural FIFA Women's U19 World Championships.

9. My favorite place I’ve ever been was Paris, I was only there for a day so I would love to go back.

10. One place I would love to go…Australia.

11. I married my first love. We dated for two years broke up for 10 then ended up married.

12. I have a three year old daughter whom we adopted.

13. I’m such a bad singer, I’ve been banned by my friends.

14. Mexican food is my favorite food.

15. Favorite TV show is Bones.

16. “Finding Nemo” is my favorite children’s movie.

17. I love Jimmy Buffett.

18. The first cell phone I ever had was a bag phone.

19. My most embarrassing moment was at an Auburn equestrian meet. I was supposed to jump a small jump at the beginning of the competition. I ended up falling off in front of a lot people.  

20. Michael Jordan was my favorite athlete growing up.

21. Had to switch my allegiance from the Bears to the Packers when I got married.

22. My biggest pet peeve is people who don’t use turn signals.

23. I’m the fourth most-tenured coach at Auburn.

24. My favorite Auburn tradition is the eagle flight. I was there the only time the eagle ever flew at a basketball game back in the coliseum.

25. It’s simple why I love Auburn. The people, the family atmosphere. It’s special, and it’s the people who create the family atmosphere.