After attaining a college degree, Katie returned to her hometown of Minster, where she initiated girls sports programs, including volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, track and field, cross country and softball. By 1980, she focused her coaching on track and cross country. For the next five years, her girls teams never lost a track meet. After being runner-up State Champions in 1975, the inaugural year of girls track and field, her track team won five consecutive state championships (eight overall). She also guided her cross-country running squad to two state championships.
Horstman has been named Midwest Athletic Conference League Coach in all sports numerous times, and has been inducted in five hall of fames in baseball and track. In 1988, she attended to the opening of a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York that honors those who were part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She gained induction in the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, and also is the first woman honored in the Ohio Track Hall of Fame and the first woman elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Horstman has been widely recognized for her coaching skills and by opening doors for women in sports. In total, her teams have won seven state high school track meets and have been runner up four times; has won one state high school cross country championship; has won all 12 track and five cross country conference meets; has won 11 track and two cross country district/regionals, and has coached 29 individual state high school track meet champions.Katie’s indeed a legend! And that legacy continues as Minster won the 2017 girls cross country state championship last fall.
My track escapades are nothing compared these record holders or even more so, to today’s outstanding athletes, as evidenced by Ft. Loramie boys track school records being broken during the 2017 season in 7 of the 17 events. Go Redskins!