Get to Know a Coach is a summer feature profiling Summit League head coaches with a Q&A. These coaches provide a glimpse into their personal life away from their sport.
In this week's installment, Western Illinois' head women's golf coach Lia Biehl Lukkkarinen is profiled.
Name: Lia Biehl Lukkarinen
School: Western Illinois
Sport: Women's Golf
Alma Mater: Illinois '92
Seasons (Overall // School): 12th // 12th
If you were not a coach, what job would you be doing? Teacher or Professor.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Parasail or Skydive.
What fad/trend do you hope makes a comeback? The sweater vests!
Why did you decide to become a coach? I love the whole process of pursuing excellence in golf. Trying to focus on improving one element of our physical and mental game each day is fun.
What is something you will NEVER do again? Water ski!!
What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are today? My parents shaped my life a lot – they were both in the golf business and helped me earn a scholarship to the University of Illinois. Playing on Tour helped me understand the pressures of the game. Having my children has given me joy and the ability to see the big picture, and what's really important.
Who is your favorite professional sports team and/or athlete? St. Louis Cardinals and Michael Jordan
What is/was your favorite article of clothing that you have ever owned? High top – red, white and blue American Flag Chuck T's!
What is the best and worst piece of advice you have ever received? Best – "Over prepare and then go with the flow." Worst – "I think you would look great with a PERM."
What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten? Snails – ugh!
What mythical creature do you wish actually existed? Dragons.
What is your favorite movie/TV show? Last Man Standing.
What was the best thing to happen to you this year? Team win at Creighton and winning the Team GPA award for Spring 2017.
What is/was your favorite vacation destination? St. Thomas.
What is your biggest superstition? Can't say that I have one – We make our own luck.
What kind of music do you listen to most frequently? Alternative Rock.
If you could add one Summit League athlete to your team, who would you choose? Brenna Lervick.
What is your one "go to" stop (dining, entertainment, other) on any Summit road trip? Olive Garden.
What phrase/quote do you most frequently use to inspire your team? Control what you can control and forget the rest. Hit it and chase it – all day.
What is your biggest pet peeve? When you don't follow through on what they say they will do.