Katie’s Got Next: Student, Coach, Dietician & Mentor

Ros Gold-Onwude


What will you do once this season is over?

I will return to Ohio State where I’m a graduate assistant with the women’s basketball team.  This year I will be working on my thesis.  I can’t come to all practices because of school but I help out however it’s needed.  I’ll rebound for players or be around for recruiting, help mentor the kids or make an appearance at events.


What does new head coach Kevin McGuff have in store for Ohio State women’s basketball this season?

I’ve spoken to McGuff and we’ll have a player’s program.  We’re looking for the best players and the goal is to be a team that can compete for a national championship.  We want to battle every year to make a run.  The University has a lot of great resources, impressive alums and more to offer.


What are you studying as a graduate assistant?

I’m working towards becoming a registered dietician.  I’m in the last year of a three year rotation.  My thesis will probably be “Where do WNBA players get their nutritional information”.  I’ll probably work with trainers and the players and then make my own survey to mail out to all the players.  I’ll use the group emails from WNBAPA; (laughs) a lot of the players are my friends so they better answer!


How does this field of study intersect with your goal of becoming a coach?

I plan to have the Registered Dietician title in my resume but I want to coach.  I want to figure out how to use what I’ve learned with coaching.  And perhaps even use that knowledge to create a side business.


Why is nutrition so important to you?

It’s important because it’s your life, your body, and your quality of life as you age.  If you want to stay healthy your fuel is a big part of preventing and treating issues.


Do you ever slip up or do you always eat healthy?

Ehhh… so-so.  I have my moments.  I definitely have my vices.


When you’re on campus, do you bike?  Do you run into your players?

I have a book bag but no bike.  I usually walk everywhere.  And yes I see the players and they always holler at me!  It’s fun for me.  It shows them life doesn’t have to end at any given point and that everyone’s path is different.  I’m just trying to be around in their lives.  I’ve been there and done that.  I just want them to be able to pick my brain whenever they want about whatever they want to talk about.