Kacy Beitel is one of the all-time great athletes to come out of H.H. Dow High, then continued her brilliant career in college and professionally. She was a three sport athlete at Dow High where she competed in basketball, volleyball, and soccer. As a standout on the soccer field, she led her team to three straight Saginaw Valley League (SVL) titles and was selected SVL Girls Soccer MVP each of those three years, as well as the SVL Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997 with a 4.5 GPA (sixth in her class). Beitel also earned All-State and Dream Team Honors and was named a Detroit Free Press Scholar-Athlete. Beitel was also a captain and All-State performer on the basketball court for the Chargers. She still holds the record for steals and assists in a game and season, and is among Dow High’s all-time leading scorers.
After high school, Beitel went on to the University of Michigan to play soccer. She led the Wolverines to four NCAA Tournament appearances (1997-2000) and two Big Ten Tournament Championships. She earned All-Big Ten athletic and academic honors, was named team MVP her junior and senior years, and finished her career as Michigan’s all-time points (114), goals (44), and assists (26) leader. Beitel received the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, which is given to the top graduating student-athlete who attains the greatest proficiency in scholarship and athletics. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the School of Engineering.
Before graduation, Beitel was selected as the only Big Ten Conference player to compete in the prestigious 2001 Umbro Select All Star Classic, made up of the top senior collegiate soccer players across the nation. She scored two goals as a member of the Central squad, which defeated the East, 2-1, and shut out the West, 2-0. She became the first University of Michigan soccer player to be drafted by the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) professional soccer league and played in the inaugural season for the Washington Freedom in Washington D.C. After playing professionally, she went on to receive a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Finance (MS in Finance) from The University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.