Patriot League 20th Anniversary Profiles: Samantha Kohn

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Jan. 12, 2011

Name: Samantha Kohn
Institution: Colgate University
Sport: Tennis
Graduation Year: 1999
Undergraduate Degree: French and Anthropology
Did You Know?
Samantha has been a competitive tennis player since the age of eight

One of the premier tennis student-athletes in Patriot League history, Samantha Kohn was selected to the League's All-Decade team (1990-2000) for her accomplishments. During her playing career at Colgate, Kohn earned all-League accolades four times in doubles and on three occasions in singles. The 1997 and 1999 Patriot League Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Kohn helped the Raiders to the 1996 and 1997 Patriot League titles.

While at Colgate, Kohn participated in the school's study abroad program in Dijon, France and now resides in Costa Rica where she owns an event planning business. Kohn is fluent in both Spanish and French.

Accomplishments

  • Patriot League Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year (1997, 1999)
  • Winner of the 1996 John "Pat" Rooney Award - Patriot League Tournament MVP
  • Three-time member of the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll (1995-97)
  • First-team all-Patriot League in singles (1995, 96, 99) and doubles (1995, 96, 97, 99)
  • Three-time Patriot League singles champion (1996 - #2; 1997-98 - #1) and 1996 #1 doubles champion
  • Member of Patriot League Women's Tennis All-Decade Team

    Q: What factors helped in your decision to attend Colgate?
    A: Colgate was the perfect balance for me as I was looking for a university where I could play Division I tennis but also receive a top-notch education.

    Q: Who were your sports idols growing up and why?
    A: Being from Wisconsin and a Packers fan, Brett Favre. In the world of tennis, I always admired Andre Agassi for his work ethic and attitude.

    Q: What was your proudest on-the-field accomplishment?
    A: Helping my team win the Patriot League two years in a row (1996 and 1997)

    Q: What was your proudest academic accomplishment?
    A: After graduating from Colgate, getting my MBA in International Business and becoming fluent in another language.

    Q: How were you able to balance the demands in the classroom with the demands of being an athlete?
    A: Although balancing tennis practices, traveling for matches, spending time with friends, and maintaining high marks in my classes was a challenge, I work best when I am busy. I guess I just became accustomed to that pace and learned to really budget my time.

    Q: How did your experience as a student-athlete prepare you for life after college?
    A: Being able to manage my time efficiently was a huge takeaway from my college experience. Today, I continue to play tennis at a competitive level and balance it with running my own business, and having a family.

    Q: If you could go back to college and compete one more time, where would it be and against whom?
    A: At Colgate and against Army.

    Q: If you had to offer current student-athletes some words of wisdom what would they be?
    A: It is important to have a healthy balance between academics, sports and your social life. College is to be enjoyed.

    Q: Do you still follow Colgate athletics?
    A: Absolutely. Not to the degree that I would like, but I am always checking in to see how the Raiders are doing.

    Q: Looking back, what does it mean to you to have been a Patriot League student-athlete?
    A: It meant a great deal to me to have been able to receive a great education and also compete at a high level in a sport that I love.

    Q: Can you talk about your professional career?
    A: I recently started my own event planning company based out of Costa Rica, where I currently reside.