Katie Schutjer | Head Women's Basketball Coach
Katie Schutjer took over as the head women's basketball coach at Waldorf University in the fall of 2014.
During the 201718 season, the Warrior women finsihed tied for seventh in the North Star Athletic Association, advanced to the NSAA Tournament quarterfinals, and placed one player on the NSAA All-Conference Team.
During Schutjer's tenure at Waldorf, the Warriors have produced three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar-Athlete, and 16 players have been named North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Scholar-Athletes. The 2015-16 season marked Waldorf's first in the NSAA, which concluded with the Warriors ending the campaign in the NSAA Tournament quarterfinals.
Prior to coming to Waldorf, Schutjer started her coaching career at Simpson College under head coach Brian Niemuth, one of the winningest basketball coaches at the NCAA Division III level. Schutjer served as the junior varsity head coach at Simpson from 2010-2012.
Schutjer is a native of Gilman, Iowa, and graduated from Simpson in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration and Marketing. She was a member of the Simpson women's basketball team from 2008-2010. Her team was Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) champions and NCAA Division III National Tournament participants in both 2009 and 2010. During her senior campaign, Schutjer was a first-team IIAC selection, an academic IIAC selection, team defensive player of the year, team MVP, and team captain. That year, she held the highest 3-point shooting percentage and one of the top overall shooting percentages in the IIAC.
Prior to attending Simpson, Schutjer attended Marshalltown Community College. While earning her Associate of Arts Degree, Schutjer was a first-team Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) and academic ICCAC selection for the women's basketball team.
Schutjer arrived at Waldorf during the 2012-13 academic year and spent two seasons as the assistant coach for the women’s basketball program. She earned a Master's degree in Business and Marketing from Columbia Southern University in 2014. Schutjer and her husband, Derek, currently reside outside of Titonka.
Kailey Kladivo | Assistant Coach
Kailey Kladivo joined the Warrior staff in the fall of 2016 as assistant coach of the Waldorf University women’s basketball team. Kladivo also began working with the Warrior track and field teams in the 2018-19 season.
A Traer, Iowa native, Kladivo is a 2012 graduate of North Tama County High School where she was a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball, cross country and track and field. She surpassed the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound plateaus during her prep basketball career. As a senior, she led the Red Hawks with 17.4 points and 13.7 rebounds a game while shooting 53.2 percent from the field. Kladivo helped North Tama County to a 21-5 record, the Iowa Star Conference championship behind a 16-0 league record and a trip to the Class 1A state tournament during the 2011-12 season. She was also a four-year state qualifier in the high jump.
Kladivo continued her education, along with her basketball and track and field careers as an NCAA Division III student-athlete at Wartburg College. During her freshman season with the Knights, she earned all-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) honorable mention recognition and led the conference in field-goal percentage as she went 54.4 percent from the floor. Kladivo was named a second-team all-conference selection as a sophomore and garnered first-team all-conference honors during her final two seasons.
As a junior at Wartburg, Kladivo was part of a team that advanced to the IIAC Tournament championship game. During her senior season, she averaged team-highs with 14.2 points and 7.3 rebounds to guide the Knights to a 23-8 record. Wartburg ended the season in the NCAA Division III Final Four and was ranked No. 8 by D3hoops and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Kladivo capped her senior season with third-team all-region honors from D3hoops and shot 50 percent from the field, which ranked 62nd in the nation. Individually, she ranked in the top 10 of the IIAC in six statistical categories.
Kladivo concluded her collegiate basketball career with 1,260 points and 628 rebounds, becoming the 12th member of Wartburg’s 1,000-point club. During her time with the Knights, they made four IIAC Tournament appearances. In addition, Kladivo was named to the Wartburg Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team on two occasions and earned IIAC Top Women’s Basketball Performer of the Week twice.
While at Wartburg, Kladivo enjoyed a wealth of success in track and field. She was the IIAC outdoor meet runner-up in the high jump during her freshman season as the Knights won the outdoor conference championship. Kladivo was an outdoor national qualifier in the high jump and Wartburg went on to capture the outdoor national team title. As a sophomore, she secured indoor and outdoor conference championships in the high jump. The Knights won the conference team title during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. During Kladivo’s junior year, she was an indoor national qualifier in the high jump and the outdoor conference runner-up in the event. Wartburg won the outdoor conference title that season.
As a senior, Kladivo was crowned the high jump champion during the indoor conference meet after clearing the bar at 5 foot, 7 inches to set indoor conference meet and school records while helping the Knights win the team title. Kladivo was named the Most Valuable Field Performer following the indoor conference meet, the Indoor IIAC Female Athlete of the Week and top weekly performer. She ranked seventh nationally while qualifying for the national indoor meet. During Kladivo’s final outdoor season, she was honored as the Outdoor IIAC Field Event Performer of the Week and landed the outdoor conference title in the high jump to assist Wartburg in winning the team championship. She earned All-American honors by placing fourth in the high jump at the national meet with a 5-foot-8-inch performance.
Kladivo graduated from Wartburg in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Math Education and also received a coaching endorsement. She is the daughter of Tom and Carol Kladivo. Kladivo resides in Forest City and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Sport Management at Waldorf.