Caitlin Hansen was named the second head coach in Saint Leo women's lacrosse history by Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy in June 2017.
In her first year at the helm, Hansen led the Lions’ to a program best season start showcasing six-straight wins. Under her leadership, Saint Leo closed the 2018 season with an overall record of 11-6, 2-4 mark in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). On March 14, she saw the Lions’ earn the program’s first-ever national ranking by US Lacrosse, naming Saint Leo No. 19 among Division II competition. Saint Leo continued to grab national attention, climbing to No. 15 on April 4. Hansen saw multiple school records fall in both the game and season categories among a handful of career milestones reached by her student-athletes. To wrap up the inaugural year, Saint Leo earned three SSC All-Conference honors.
Hansen came to Saint Leo from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., where served as the head coach for four seasons, after taking over the Wildcats' club program. She capped that run by leading JWU to a 16-5 record in 2017, including a 9-0 conference record and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship. The Wildcats advanced to their first NCAA tournament berth, after earning the No. 11 ranking in the New England regional poll.
Hansen was tabbed as the 2017 GNAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, with nine Wildcat players, all recruited by Hansen, receiving All-GNAC honors. The 2017 player honors also included GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year for junior Marianna Consiglio, while senior Lydia Knapp was the only player out of the conference named to the All-Region squad.
Over her four years at the helm of Johnson & Wales women's lacrosse, Hansen posted a 50-23 (.685) overall record as head coach.
Hansen has also served as a coach with the Team Elevate New England club women's lacrosse program since 2013. Based out of Providence, Team Elevate is one of the nation's top club lacrosse organizations.
Prior to accepting the position at Johnson & Wales, Hansen served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Bryant University for the 2009 through 2011 seasons. During that span, Bryant reclassified from Division II to Division I and joined the Northeast Conference, with Hansen assisting with on- and off-campus recruiting, practice preparation, game film breakdown and opponent scouting reports, and travel logistics.
Hansen also worked in the Bryant Admissions office from 2011 to 2013, recruiting prospective students from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and western Massachusetts.
Hansen is a 2008 graduate of Bryant University with a degree in Communications and was a four-year letterwinner with the women's lacrosse program. A 2007 All-Region honoree, Hansen was a two-time All-Northeast 10 selection and three-times named to the Academic All-Conference team. She is tied for second among Bryant's all-time (DI + DII) points leaders with 195, and is third among all-time goals leaders with 161.