Kristen (Garza) Reader '11
Kristen (Garza) Reader '11
Year: Class of 2019
Team: Soccer

In athletics, it's good to be consistent and it’s good to be dominant. Kristen pulled off the rare feat of being consistently dominant as she became the first WPI Women’s Soccer player to earn All-NEWMAC honors during all four seasons en route to being the program’s all-time leading scorer.

She wasted no time bursting onto the collegiate soccer scene, picking up a NEWMAC Athlete of the Week award in her second week in 2007, and being named to the conference’s first team after bagging a career-high 15 goals.

She proved she had a flair for the dramatics her sophomore campaign of 2008 as she registered an assist and tallied the game-winning goal late as the Engineers went on the road and defeated previously NEWMAC unbeaten Babson 2-1 to secure a conference tournament bid of the final day of league play.

Kristin posted her third straight season of doubledigit goal scoring in 2009 and returned to the conference’s first team after delivering 13 goals and five assists during her junior season. During her senior year, she continued to grow as a playmaker, doling out a careerbest six assists on her way to 18 points and yet another first-team All-NEWMAC nod.

“I was lucky enough to play with Kristen for four years at WPI," says teammate Katie Partridge. "She was such a talented athlete and it was so exciting celebrating each of her records. We continue to play soccer together today, and I am so blessed to still call her one of my best friends on and off the field!"

She is still WPI’s career leader in goals (44) and points (106), and she capped her career with by playing in the NEWISA Senior Bowl. Her success was not limited to the field as she also drew accolades for her work in the classroom. She was a two-time ESPN/CoSIDA All-District I selection and was named to the NEWMAC’s All-Academic team for her last three years on Boynton Hill.

“Kristen was one of my favorite players and, better yet, one of my favorite people,” quipped head coach Stephanie Carlson. “Her dedication to our program and the development of the younger player was unparalleled. Managing her academics, sorority responsibilities, and soccer commitment seemed effortless for her!”

A native of Kingston, Mass., she graduated with high distinction with a degree in management information systems and minors in computer science and international studies. She traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to complete her IQP while working with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization investigating the impact of the organization's educational programs. While on campus, she was an admissions intern, served on the executive board of Phi Sigma Sigma, and worked in the athletic training room in addition to her soccer team commitments.

She enjoys staying connected to the WPI community by serving as Housing Corporation president for Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and serving as an outreach chair for WPI's User Experience Consortium.

After kicking off her career at GE Healthcare, Kristin recently changed companies and is now a project manager at PatientKeeper, helping to implement EHR software at hospitals around the US. In 2017 she married her college sweetheart, Hal Reader ’11—they reside in Worcester.