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Kara Kimm

Kimm was a four-year starting setter for the UNI volleyball team from 1992-95, helping lead the Panthers to a 98-19 overall record, two Missouri Valley Conference titles, an NIT appearance, and two NCAA berths. In 1993, she was named to the National Invitational Volleyball Championships All-Tournament Team, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region second team selection in 1994 and 1995, and was named to the NCAA All-District 5 team in 1995. She was a four-time MVC All-Tournament Team selection and was named first team all-conference all four years. She was selected twice the conference tournament's Most Valuable Player and was the league's Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995. She also earned various academic honors, including a three-time first team all-academic choice in the MVC (1993-95), received the Director of Athletics Award (1992-95), and was named to the Dean's List from 1993-95. Kimm received her bachelor's degree in Marketing from UNI in May of 1996.


Kimm also played professionally upon the completion of her collegiate career, playing for the North County Waves in 1996 (professional grass) and indoors for the Iowa Blizzard in 1997. She was a member of the USA Women's National Volleyball Team from 1997-98, and played for Zeiler Koniz team of the Switzerland National A League from 1998-99. She was voted the Best Setter and an All-Pro Team member in 1997, and was a bronze medalist and a gold medalist in the Switzerland Cup Tournament in 1999.


She was voted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame in 2001 and to the University of Northern Iowa’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2008, she was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team. Kara has been a free-lance graphic designer since graduating from college. Since 1999, Kara has worked for Pearson in Iowa City in a variety of roles. Currently, she is a Technology Manager for the Content Systems group. She has coached for Imagine since the club's inception in 2010 and was the varsity volleyball coach at Iowa City Regina for three seasons, 2014-2017.


Kate Hawkins

The other half of the Galer duo, Hawkins was a four-year starting outside hitter in volleyball for the Panthers from 1993-96, playing beside sister Kara for three years. She helped UNI to a 101-18 overall mark over that time span, two Missouri Valley Conference titles, one NIT appearance, and two NCAA berths. She was named the MVC's Freshman of the Year in 1993, and was an eight-time MVC Player of the Week honoree. She was a two-time NCAA All-District 5 selection (1995-96), a two-time second team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region pick (1995-96), a three-time MVC first team all-conference choice (1994-96) and a four-time MVC all-tournament honoree. She was a 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She not only received honors athletically, but academically, as well. She was a three-time first team all-academic in the conference, a three-time District 5 Academic All-American (1994-96), and twice was honored as a GTE Academic All-American - first team in 1996 and third team in 1995.


Hawkins received her bachelor's degree in Marketing from UNI in December of 1995 and her MBA Degree in May of 1997. She played professionally in the National Volleyball Association for the Iowa Blizzard in 1997. She was voted into the University of Northern Iowa’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2008, she was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team. Professionally, Kate was a marketing analyst for Amana Appliances, Home Appliance Division, in Middle Amana, IA, until 2000. That same year, she joined Pearson in Iowa City as a project director, moved to a senior project director, and is currently a program manager, directing all aspects of administering multiple assigned programs. She has coached for Imagine since the club's inception in 2010 and was a volunteer assistant varsity volleyball coach at Iowa City Regina for three seasons, 2014-2017.

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