Katie Rhodes Named La Salle Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
PHILADELPHIA - Katie Rhodes, the top assistant coach at Colgate University for the past five seasons, has been named La Salle University head women's lacrosse coach, it was announced by Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw on Tuesday.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Rhodes to the La Salle family," Bradshaw said. "Katie has been a part of building a successful lacrosse program at Colgate and we look forward to her bringing that experience to La Salle."
During her time in Hamilton, N.Y., Rhodes was instrumental in the growth of the Raiders program. Over her five seasons with the Raiders, Rhodes helped the team to 41 wins and four Patriot League Tournament appearances.
"I am so honored to be named the next head coach for La Salle women's lacrosse," Rhodes said. "It is a huge privilege for me to be chosen to lead this fantastic group of young women. I would like to thank Bill Bradshaw and John Lyons for this incredible opportunity. I would also like to thank all my mentors who have helped me get to this step in my career. I am beyond thrilled and cannot wait to get started!"
Colgate qualified for a fourth Patriot League tournament in Rhodes' five seasons in 2018, going 10-7 overall. The prior year, Colgate finished with a 6-3 mark in league play to earn the No. 5 seed in the league tournament. Former Patriot League Player of the Year Haley O'Hanlon was named All-League First Team and IWLCA All-Region under Rhodes' guidance.
The 2015 campaign saw Colgate post double-digit wins for the first time since 2009. The Raiders also posted their best Patriot League record in four seasons at 6-2.
Freshman sensation Haley O'Hanlon was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year as she ranked among the league's top 10 in goals, assists and points. O'Hanlon and senior Jenna Frost were both IWLCA All-Region selections, giving the Raiders two all-region picks in the same campaign for the first time since 2011.
Rhodes made her way to Colgate after two years at the University of Detroit Mercy as an assistant coach. She worked directly with goalies and her primary responsibilities were recruiting, scouting reports and film exchange.
Detroit's goalie Lexie McCormick was named 2013 Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year after ranking second in the nation in saves and sixth in the saves per game. The Titans made their first A-Sun championship that year. That year, she tutored five first-team selections and three second-team members.
In her first season, Rhodes helped the Titan improve dramatically from a 3-15 record to an 8-9 mark in 2012, which was a program record for wins in a season. She coached two first team selections and the team reached the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Prior to her coaching career, Rhodes was a Junior College All-Region and All-Conference player for Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y. She then moved on to St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She was a Second Team All-Carolinas Conference selection in 2009.
Following her graduation in 2009, she joined her alma mater's coaching staff as an assistant. She developed out-of-season conditioning programs and helped with practice plans and scouting reports.
She has also worked multiple camps during her coaching career, including All-American Lacrosse Clinics, Texas Outlaws Lacrosse Camp, Grand Valley State Lacrosse Camp, and most recently at Michigan Cyclones and the University of Michigan lacrosse camps.