Katie Rowan is in her second season as UAlbany's assistant women's lacrosse coach. Rowan helped the 2011 squad win its first America East Conference championship and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. Rowan, who worked as a Syracuse University volunteer assistant prior to her present appointment, is the most decorated player in SU history and a member of 2012 U.S. National Team. Most recently, Rowan was chosen to play for the National team for the fourth time, with the first coming in 2009 as the squad won the gold medal.
The Orange's all-time leader in points, goals and assists, Rowan helped coach Syracuse to the 2010 NCAA Tournament semifinals and a 15-7 overall record. As a part of head coach Gary Gait's staff, she worked with the offensive unit and goalkeepers. The Orange were ranked No. 4 in the final IWLCA national coaches' poll.
In 2009, Rowan became the first Syracuse player to earn first-team All-America honors three times. She finished her career fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 396 points and was third in career assists (164). As a junior, she led the nation in scoring with 142 points and tied the then NCAA single-season record with 69 assists. She was a finalist for both the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to nation's most outstanding college player, and Honda Award. A unanimous first-team All-Big East Conference selection on four occasions, Rowan was twice named the conference's Attack Player of the Year.
In NCAA post-season play, Rowan led the Orange to three tournament appearances, including the 2008 national semifinals. She set a tournament single-game record with 13 points and eight assists in a first-round victory. Rowan also tied the second-highest total in tournament annals with 11 points in a 2009 opening-round win. She recorded 45 career points in NCAA Tournament games.
A native of Delmar, N.Y., Rowan graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in inclusive elementary/special education and sociology. She also earned a master's in literacy education from Syracuse and recently served as a graduate assistant in the school of education. Rowan was honored for her undergraduate classroom work. She was voted to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America national first team as a senior and received second-team recognition the previous year. Rowan was the recipient of the 2009 Syracuse University Soladay Award for outstanding academic, athletic, community service and leadership accomplishments.