Katie Rowan returned to the Capital Region and the University at Albany in June of 2018 when she was hired as the Great Danes' head coach.
Rowan, a native of Delmar, N.Y., who was an assistant at UAlbany from 2011-2012, came 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.
Rowan, who was a three-time First-Team All-American at Syracuse before graduating in 2009, has plenty of championship experience.
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.
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.
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 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 in 2018