Katie Woods
Katie Woods
Previous College: Drew '01
Position: Head Coach

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Katie Woods, the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year, is in her fifth season at the helm of the American University lacrosse program.

Under her guidance, American has earned five Patriot League Player of the Year honors, 19 all-conference selections and has had 56 student-athletes named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Following the 2010 season, Alyssa Romano was named First Team All-Patriot League while Amanda Makoid, Emma Larkin and Emily Stankiewicz were each named to the second team. The Eagles also placed 16 student-athletes on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2010, including Romano and Eliza Morgan who were two of only six student-athletes in the conference to achieve perfect 4.0 GPA's.

In 2008, Woods led American to a 5-1 record in Patriot League play and a share of the regular season championship. American's performance earned the team four major awards from the conference, including Coach of the Year honors for Woods. Jackie Lane was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season after leading the team with 41 goals and 17 assists while Brittany Finnegan and Kristine Vida were named the Defensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Finnegan ranked fourth on the team with 19 goals in 2008 and led all field players with 38 ground balls. Vida, meanwhile, earned a 12.01 goals against average for the year while making 189 saves. A total of six Eagles were named to the All-Patriot League teams with five earning first team selections.

In 2007, her first season at the helm at American, the Eagles compiled a 9-9 record and went 3-2 in Patriot League play. As the third seed in the PL tournament, American took out Lehigh and advanced to the championship game, but fell 12-8 against top-seed and host Holy Cross. Woods led the Eagles to the most wins in a season since 2003 and matched the record for most victories for a first-year head coach. Lane earned her first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2007 while Caitlin Bell was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Woods came to American after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University. At Brown she coached the offensive unit and assisted in coaching the goalkeepers. Woods oversaw the recruiting operations for all prospective student-athletes and served as the area recruiting coordinator for the New England region. While a member of the Bears coaching staff she also was the Alumnae Relations Coordinator.

During the 2003-04 season Woods was the first assistant at Cornell where she worked with the attack and aided in player development. With the Big Red she also planned team travel and was responsible for recruiting and film breakdown.

Prior to her time at Cornell, Woods served as an assistant coach at Davidson College for a season, where she helped plan practices and organized recruiting efforts in addition to coaching during contests.  Woods also spent a year at Ithaca College as a graduate assistant coach for both women's soccer and lacrosse.  While at Ithaca, she earned her Master's in Exercise and Sports Sciences.

Woods was a two-sport athlete at Drew University, where she played lacrosse and soccer.  She was a four-time All-Conference selection in lacrosse, also picking up two Regional All-America and one National All-America award.  Woods also excelled in the classroom as a two-time Scholar Athlete award winner.  She graduated with a degree in Psychology in May 2001.

Woods is the sixth coach to take over the reigns of the lacrosse program since the first season it was sponsored as a varsity sport in 1992.