Rowan Announces Assistant Coaches
ALBANY, N.Y. - University at Albany women’s lacrosse head coach Katie Rowan has announced the addition of two assistant coaches for the upcoming season. Joining the staff will be Leah Gallagher, while Taylor Frink will remain as an assistant.
“I am excited to announce Taylor Frink and Leah Gallagher as our UAlbany women's lacrosse assistant coaches,” said Rowan. “We are thrilled that Taylor will be staying on as assistant coach and that we are welcoming Leah to the Capital Region. Both Taylor and Leah have extensive playing and coaching backgrounds and have a great love for the game and teaching.”
Gallagher arrives at UAlbany after spending the previous season as the defensive coordinator at Army West Point. Before her stint with the Black Knights, Gallagher coached under Rowan for two seasons at Wagner. Gallagher graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a degree in Information Technology Management, and earned her MBA in Finance from Wagner in 2017. While at Notre Dame, Gallagher served as team captain and was a member of the first Fighting Irish senior class to make four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
“Leah's positive energy is infectious and she has a true passion for working with others,” said Rowan. “Leah is a strong communicator and will make a positive impact on the defensive unit.”
Frink enters her fourth season with UAlbany with the upcoming 2019 season. Over the past three years, the Great Danes have gone 32-21 overall, including 16-3 in the America East, have made three straight America East finals appearances and qualified for one NCAA Tournament. The UAlbany offense, under Frink’s guidance, has averaged more than 11.7 goals per game in each of Frink’s three seasons on the coaching staff. Frink graduated from UAlbany in 2011 with a degree in Sociology, and ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in career points and assists.
“Taylor has an unmatched enthusiasm for the program and has helped tremendously in maintaining the program during the transition,” said Rowan. “Taylor is a tireless worker and recruiter and already has a strong rapport with the team members.”
Last season, the Great Danes went 9-9 overall, including 5-1 in the America East en route to their eighth-straight America East finals appearance.