Kate Steinhilber Lunger
Class of 1985
A two-sport standout who was named the best female athlete in the class of 1985, Kate Steinhilber Lunger was the cornerstone of coach Dave Castelline's great soccer teams of the mid-1980's. Born and raised in Concord along with brothers John, Chris and Torr, Steinhilber attended Alcott and Peabody before matriculating to CCHS in 1981. She made the varsity soccer team as a freshman, helping C-C win the first of four consecutive Dual County League titles and reach the sta te fin als for the third consecutive year.
As a senior captain along with Molly McGreger and Beth Wickwire in 1984, Steinhilber anchored the Patriots to a regular season win over arch-rival Winchester and berth in the Eastern Massachusetts championship game. For her efforts, Steinhilber garnered Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic kudos and was voted an EasternMass. All-Star by the region' s coaches. "Katewas a great leader and fiery, tough competitorwho practiced and pl ayed as hard as she could every day," said Castelline, who
guided the Patriots to a remarkable 170-18-14 record and two state titles in 11 years as head coach. "She always made big plays in the big games, and was the kind of role model every coach wants to have on their team. I remember her energy and leadership as a driving force on those great teams we had in the mid-Btl' s."
On the lacrosse field, Steinhilber was a three-year letter winner and senior captain on defense for coaches [oanne Coffman and Marge Keene. Unfortunately for Steinhilber and her teammates, the 1983 season was shortened by a con troversy over helmets that forced the Patriots to cancel the bulk of their season.
Following graduation, Steinhilber accepted a soccer scholarship to attend George Washington University where she was a four-year letterwinner and three-time captain for the Colonials. "Those four years playing soccer for Mr. Castelline were amazing, and the lessons he taught me continue to have an impact on me to this day," said Steinhilber. "He taught me about life as well as soccer, and how to prioritize and strive
for a goal, two things which have stuck with me well after I graduated from CCHS. He was the best coach I ever played for and I constantly find myself remembering quotes he would give us before every game which always helped us focus and get motivated ."
She and husband Matthew Lunger have a you ng son, Zachary, and currently resides in Decatur, Georgia where she is employed by CNN as a Special Events Director. She remai ns active playing softball, golf and enjoys water sports in her spare time.