Three-time NCAA Division III National Champion Kate Fowler was named the head coach of the Washington College women's lacrosse team in July 2018. Fowler, who won her first national championship as a student-athlete at Hamilton College, had served as an assistant coach at Gettysburg College for five seasons, helping lead the Bullets to back-to-back national titles.
In Fowler's five seasons as an assistant coach at Gettysburg, the Bullets went 94-15, winning Centennial Conference Championships in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and NCAA Division III National Championships in 2017 and 2018. During that span, Gettysburg women's lacrosse student-athletes earned a total of nine All-America and 31 All-Centennial Conference honors. Fowler assisted in all aspects of the program, including practice planning and execution, scouting, recruiting, academic oversight, and strength and conditioning. She also was directly responsible for oversight of the team's goalkeepers and her work there paid great dividends; the Bullets finished in the top five in all of Division III in goals-against average each of the past three seasons and led the nation in save percentage this past spring.
Prior to arriving at Gettysburg, Fowler spent two seasons as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Connecticut College, overseeing the team’s defense and goalies. In her second season, she directed the Camels’ defense to its lowest goals-against average in 12 years. While at Connecticut College, she also served as a goalkeeper coach for the women’s soccer team for one season and served as an athletics department intern, assisting with facilities management and game management.
Fowler’s lacrosse coaching and instructional experience also includes time working at a number of camps, clinics, and showcases in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. During her time at Gettysburg, she was responsible for organizing and executing the Bullets’ annual 5v5 Tournament, Fall Prospect Day, and Summer Girls’ Lacrosse Camp.
A two-sport collegiate student-athlete, Fowler played four years as a goalkeeper in both lacrosse and soccer at Hamilton College, serving as a team captain in both sports as a senior. In lacrosse, she helped lead the Continentals to four consecutive Liberty League Championships and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Semifinals. The Continentals won the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship and finished as the national runners-up in 2010; Fowler was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team during both of those postseason runs. She was also a three-time All-Liberty League selection in lacrosse and earned Liberty League All-Academic Team honors in both sports. In 2010, she was honored with Hamilton’s Gelas Memorial Prize, which is awarded to the senior that has shown the greatest development in strength of character, leadership, and athletic ability. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics that spring.