Katie Zichelli is entering her third season as the head women’s lacrosse coach in 2020. Zichelli has led the Fords to the Centennial Conference Tournament and a national ranking in the IWLCA Division III National Coaches Poll during each of her first two seasons.
In 2019, Haverford reached the Centennial Conference semifinals for the first time since 2015. Highlighting Haverford’s victories during Zichelli’s tenure to date was the program’s highest-ranked victory ever as the Fords defeated No. 3 TCNJ by a 12-10 score on Swan Field during the 2019 campaign. That was one of two nationally-ranked victories a year ago as the Fords also defeated No. 22 Dickinson into the opening round of the Centennial Conference Tournament. Haverford was ranked as high as No. 20 in the IWLCA rankings throughout the 2019 season.
Zichelli came to Haverford after spending the previous three seasons as the assistant coach/associate head coach at Franklin & Marshall College.
During her time with the Diplomats, Zichelli had a hand in all aspects of the program that won two Centennial Conference Championships (2015, 17), made two appearances in the NCAA Final Four (2015, 16), and had another trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen (2017). Her work was instrumental in helping the Diplomats to a 58-11 record over those three seasons, including a 25-2 mark in Centennial Conference matchups.
In addition to her work recruiting, scouting, developing practice plans, and organizing clinics, Zichelli was primarily in charge of the Franklin & Marshall defense that led the Centennial Conference in caused turnovers during each of her three seasons while also collecting the most ground balls during two of those years. Her defense never finished outside of the top 12 teams in Division III in goals against average, ranking as high as seventh in 2016 when her unit allowed just 5.92 goals per game.
Prior to her time as an assistant at Franklin & Marshall, Zichelli got her start in college coaching as the top assistant at Susquehanna University during the 2012 through 2014 seasons. Susquehanna made the NCAA Tournament in each of her final two seasons, winning the 2013 Landmark Conference Championship. Zichelli was named the IWLCA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013 and was part of the Landmark's Coaching Staff of the Year on two occasions (2012, 13).
Outside of college coaching, Zichelli has head coach experience with the Xtreme Lacrosse Club in Lancaster, Pa. and previously spent three summers as the head coach of the STEPS Lacrosse Club in Chester, N.J.
Zichelli graduated from Lock Haven in 2011 with bachelor's degree in management and marketing. During her time as a student-athlete with the Division II Bald Eagles, she was a two-year captain who led the team to three Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) Championships (2009, 10, 11) and a pair of Division II runner-up finishes (2009, 10). A four-time All-American who earned first-team accolades during each of her final three seasons, Zichelli was twice named the IWLCA Division II Defender of the Year (2009, 11). She was named the NCAA statistical champion in both ground balls and caused turnovers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.