We are proud to have Catalina on our staff, she has an incredible resume and a wealth of volleyball knowledge. As a player, Suarez-Moss is one of only two UMKC athletes to have their jersey number retired, and she was a first team all-Mideast Region selection in 1989. Her name still litters the NCAA and UMKC record books. Catilina is in the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame.
According to Suarez-Moss everything in her life has been linked to volleyball, but it all started in her hometown.
“In Bogota, Colombia, when you got to third grade you could choose between volleyball and basketball,”
Suarez-Moss played volleyball any chance she got and when she entered fifth grade she started joining teams. And at 18, Suarez-Moss caught the eye of an American coach. “Volleyball is what brought me to the United States,” Suarez-Moss said. She was recruited by famed coach Mollie Kavanagh of Asics Tiger who had invited a few Colombian people to play for her volleyball club.
Many colleges and universities across the country offered Suarez-Moss a scholarship, but the University of Kansas got her the paper work first. Suarez-Moss played for KU for two years and when KU's assistant coach was offered the head coach position at UMKC, Suarez-Moss came with him. UMKC ended up giving Suarez-Moss much more than a scholarship. “Because of volleyball one thing led to another thing,” said Suarez-Moss. “UMKC is where I met my husband. I came to UMKC for volleyball and if I wouldn't have come to UMKC I wouldn't have met my husband, and we wouldn't be where we are today.”
After graduating she became an assistant coach for Rice University for a year, she took time with her family and has joined our staff.