UAlbany names Katie Rowan women's lacrosse head coach
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany announced Thursday, June 21, that Katie Rowan will return to the Capital Region and the University at Albany to serve as the next women’s lacrosse head coach.
Rowan, a native of Delmar, N.Y., who was an assistant at UAlbany from 2011-2012, comes to the Great Danes from Wagner, where she had served as head coach for the past three years, guiding the Seahawks to two Northeast Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, including a preliminary round victory this past season.
“We are very excited to welcome Katie Rowan back to UAlbany to serve as the next head coach of our women’s lacrosse program,” UAlbany Director of Athletics Mark Benson said. “From her outstanding playing career as well as her extensive coaching experience, Katie is a proven winner with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of student-athletes. She is the right fit to take our program to the next level of excellence and to develop our student-athletes into Great Leaders, Great Champions and Great Danes.”
“I am extremely honored for this opportunity,” Rowan said. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Mark Benson, Associate Athletic Director Vic Cegles, and the entire search committee for giving me the privilege to return home to Albany and lead this program. I would also like to thank my athletic directors at Wagner College, Walt Hameline and Brendan Fahey, as well as all of my coaching mentors for their support and guidance over the years.”
Rowan, who was a three-time First-Team All-American at Syracuse before graduating in 2009, brings plenty of championship experience to UAlbany.
The Bethlehem High School graduate (Class of 2005) has been to 11 NCAA Tournaments: three as a player, four as an assistant coach at her alma mater, two as an assistant at UAlbany and two more at Wagner. Rowan also won Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup gold medals with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2009 and 2013.
“What a great player,” said Ricky Fried, the head women’s lacrosse coach at Georgetown and coach of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team. “She has fantastic skills, is a great teammate and now has progressed as a coach. But her biggest attribute is what a great person she is.”
At UAlbany, Rowan takes over for interim head coach Jessica Davos, who along with assistant coach Taylor Frink led the team this past season to a 9-9 record and America East championship game appearance.
“We’re very appreciative of both Jessica and Taylor’s contributions to the program and their work in supporting our student-athletes on off and the lacrosse field,” Benson said. “We wish them the very best in all their future endeavors.”
Rowan has played and coached at the highest levels of college lacrosse.
At Syracuse, she led the nation in scoring in 2008 on her way to totaling 396 points (232 goals, 164 assists) in her career. She set Syracuse single-season records for points (142) and assists (69) in helping the Orange to the 2008 Final Four and was a four-time All-BIG EAST First-Team honoree.
"I love Katie,” said Syracuse women’s lacrosse Head Coach Gary Gait, for whom Rowan both played and coached. “She is a great person and great coach, and she is going to take UAlbany to new heights."
After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in inclusive education/special education and sociology, she spent a year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Orange before taking a job at UAlbany before the 2011 season. That year, she helped the Great Danes win an America East championship, enjoy an 18-game win streak and reach the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. UAlbany repeated as league champions and returns to the NCAAs in 2012.
Rowan returned to Syracuse as an assistant before the 2013 season. Working with the Orange’s offense, she coached three First-Team All-American attackers: Alyssa Murray, Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana.
Rowan posted a 31-27 record at Wagner, a mark that includes a 14-6 campaign this past season.
“I am extremely impressed with the vision and mission of UAlbany Athletics, and am looking forward to working with an amazing group of young ladies,” Rowan said. “There is much to be excited about with UAlbany Women’s Lacrosse. The future is very bright, and I can’t wait to get started!”