University of Indianapolis women’s basketball coach Kristin Wodrich has had an eventful stay on the Southside. She accepted her first head coaching job, got married and was rebaptized all in a two-year span.
“I recruit, I coach, I go to church. That's pretty much my life right now,” Wodrich said.
The second-year Greyhound coach is 7-17 as the rebuilding process is ongoing.
“The season is a little up and down. We’ve had a lot of injuries. Still my second year and we are rebuilding. That's really our focus right now. Setting the foundation for the future," Wodrich said.
Wodrich inherited a 10-20 team in 2016 and improved the squad to 17-14 in her first year.
UIndy, a Division II team, has not made the NCAA tournament since 2014. To help change that, Wodrich is hoping to land more Southside recruits. The team has run clinics at Perry Meridian and Southport high schools.
“I would love to get some Southside kids to UIndy; they just have to say yes,” Wodrich said. “Getting more kids locally would be great for the program just because it brings fans. There is so much good basketball in southern Indiana and southern Indianapolis really.”
Wodrich married basketball coach Andrew Wodrich on Aug. 11. They met on a recruiting trip while working for different schools.
“We coached against each other when I was at IUPUI in the WNIT and were just friends at the time. We started dating and two years later we were married,” Wodrich said.
Andrew moved down to Indianapolis when Wodrich accepted the job at UIndy. The couple resides in Johnson County and are involved at Harvest Bible Chapel in southeast Greenwood. This past year Wodrich wanted to rededicate her life to her faith before the wedding.
"I got rebaptized; it was kinda a declaration as there was a lot going on in my life. I just wanted to say, 'Lord, you are the Lord of my life,’ and just rededicated my life to him,” Wodrich said. “It was a good day for me and I met a lot of people that day.”
The team has worked in the community by volunteering at Wheeler Mission Ministries.
UIndy has four regular-season games remaining with just one at home Feb. 24 – senior day. Wodrich is hoping for a big turnout.
“We are an exciting brand of basketball, and we are fun to watch. Just to get more support from the southside would be awesome.”