|Position:||Director of Basketball Operations|
|Alma Mater:||Michigan State '04|
Kate Senger is in her 11th year on the Duke women’s basketball staff as the director of basketball operations after spending two years on the Michigan State staff in a similar position. She served as the Spartan director of basketball operations intern from 2003-04.
Her duties at Duke include monitoring the program budget, scheduling and team travel in addition to assisting with event planning and directing the Duke Girls Basketball Camps.
A 2004 graduate of Michigan State, Senger served as a manager for the women’s basketball team as a student from 1999-2003. During the 2003-04 season, she was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations Intern, assisting with various duties pertaining to travel, marketing and promotions, game management and recruiting. She also worked as assistant camp director for MSU’s summer camps in 2002 and 2003.
After receiving her degree in kinesiology in 2004 from MSU, she was a Constituent Relations Aid for State Senator Michelle McManus. She was the database manager for more than 700 constituent cases, a legislative aid for the Commerce and Labor committee and a district relations aid, traveling between Lansing, Mich., and her district to attend functions with Senator McManus as her support person.
In the fall of 2004, Senger coached the St. Francis High School freshman girls’ basketball team, leading her squad to a 15-3 record.
Senger has also been active in the community, serving as a committee member for the Women Working Wonders-Sparrow Hospital Race, as a panel speaker for the Jackson Area Middle Schools Career Day Fair, a speaker at the Merrick Moore Elementary School Career Day, assisted in organizing and volunteered for the Ramblin’ Rose Half Marathon in Durham, helped organize Duke clinics at Extended School Year, visits to Camp Kaleidoscope and the Duke Children’s hospital.
Originally from Traverse City, Mich., Senger resides in Durham, N.C. She received her master’s degree from Duke in 2014.
Up Close with Senger
Who were your childhood idols? ... Beezie Patton and Joe Dumars.
What was your favorite cartoon growing up? ... Smurfs.
What is your secret food craving? ... Pumpkin muffins.
If you could be on the cover of any magazine, which one would it be? ... Forbes.
What is one thing most people don’t know about yourself? ... I love to go fishing.
What do you like best about the Duke campus? ... The architecture.
What is the best place you have ever traveled to and one location where you would like to visit? ... The best is St. Thomas and I would like to go to Italy.
If you could invite three people from the past or present to dinner, who would they be? ... JFK, Jimmie Johnson, Little Puma.
What three words best describe you? ... Dependable, respectable and diligent.
What is your favorite way to relax and get away from everything? ... Sitting by a lake reading a book.
If you could star in a reality television show, which one would it be? ... Cake Boss.
What is your favorite type of movie to watch? ... Comedy.
Do you prefer a SUV or convertible? ... Convertible.