Katie Mastropaolo will enter her second season as the head coach of the women's lacrosse program for the 2019 season. Mastropaolo took over the program prior to the 2018 season.
In her first season at the helm, Mastropaolo guided the 2018 team to an 11-2 overall record and the Bruins' second straight undefeated Northwest Conference schedule (8-0). It was another historic season for the women's lacrosse team as they captured their third straight NWC Championship, their second NWC Player of the Year (Jess Hanson) and named eight athletes to the All-NWC team. Hanson also became the first Bruin to earn a spot on the IWLCA All-Region team. After leading the charge for the Bruins, Mastropaolo was named NWC Coach of the Year - a first in the women's lacrosse program.
Mastropaolo inherited the 2017 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.
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.
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.”
George Fox Milestones
1st win - vs. Westminster - Salt Lake City, W, 13-10 - Feb. 24, 2018