George Fox University welcomes a former All-American women’s lacrosse athlete, Katie Mastropaolo, as the new head coach of the women’s lacrosse program for the 2018 season, announced Director of Athletics Adam Puckett on Aug. 14.
"Our desire is to continue our success in the conference and to take a step forward where we are succeeding at the national level,” Puckett said. “Katie brings firsthand knowledge of Division III lacrosse and knows what it takes to be nationally competitive. Most importantly, Katie espouses the university's core values and will help build a program that prepares these young women for life."
Mastropaolo inherits a team that went 12-2 and an undefeated 8-0 in the Northwest Conference, claiming the program’s first-ever outright NWC championship. The Bruins shared the title of NWC champions in the 2016 season.
“I am thrilled to be joining the George Fox community as the new women’s lacrosse coach,” remarked Mastropaolo. “Upon my initial visit, I was struck by the supportive culture and inclusive environment that has been created here on campus, and I cannot wait to be a part of it. I am already impressed with the hard work and dedication that has been ingrained into the players, and I am eager to get started. I look forward to continue building a competitive program on the West Coast as the sport continues to grow.”
Mastropaolo comes to George Fox after a four-year career at the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in geography. Mastropaolo was named the Virginia State Sports Information Directors’ Association College Division Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year in her senior season. She was a star defender during her four-year stint, earning multiple accolades for leading the Eagles’ backline. Mastropaolo was named first-team All-American in her final year, as well as a two-time all-region athlete and a three-time all-conference player.
"It is no secret that the East Coast has dominated NCAA Division III lacrosse,” added Puckett. “Katie brings in-depth experience from her time competing in the Capital Athletic Conference and the NCAA Tournament. We are looking forward to her leading George Fox's program forward and bringing national relevancy to our lacrosse team."
Most recently, she spent the 2015-16 year working as an international humanitarian aid worker across the country. She served as squad leader for the 11-month mission trip around the world, partnering with existing churches and organizations to further ministry and those in need. During her 11-month trip, she traveled to Albania, Romania, Greece, Zambia, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Peru, Ecuador and Chile.
Mastropaolo also has six years of coaching experience within the Nike Lacrosse Camps, the Randolph Macon Lacrosse Camp and the Seminole Summer Lacrosse League.
“I hope to bring a level of intensity and love for the game that I once played,” added Mastropaolo. “My hope is to support each student-athlete in their efforts to reach their highest potential on and off the field.”