July 1, 2011

Former Gettysburg Assistant Takes Over Ursinus

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg assistant coach Katie Hagan '07 will take her successful resume as a player and coach at her alma mater to new waters as the head women's lacrosse coach at Centennial Conference rival Ursinus.

This will be Hagan's first head coaching job following her three-year stint as an assistant with the Bullets. She follows in the footsteps of Erin Stroble, who stepped down to take on the full-time job of Associate Director of Athletics at Ursinus.

"I'm thrilled about this opportunity," said Hagan. "It's what you dream about. I'm excited about the challenges ahead, and I look forward to working with a talented group of student-athletes."

"Urinus is in a great spot," she added. "I have always enjoyed competing against them as both a player and a coach. They are tough competitors who respect each other and respect the game. They had a terrific season in 2011 finishing third in the Centennial and I am looking forward to continuing to build upon that success."

"Katie is a rising star and she will hit the ground running as soon as she steps on to the campus," stated Gettysburg coach Carol Cantele. "She has done her homework and she realizes that Ursinus is a great place to be. She plans to continue to build on the excellent athletic reputation found within the women's lacrosse program."

Hagan takes over one of the most successful lacrosse programs in the history of Division III. Ursinus has claimed three NCAA titles and has appeared in the national playoffs a dozen times. The Bears have also won three Centennial Conference championships, the last coming in 2001.

Hagan is coming off a season in which Gettysburg claimed its first NCAA Division III championship in women's lacrosse. The team posted a 19-4 overall record this past spring and compiled a 53-12 mark during her three years as a member of the staff. Under Hagan's tutelage, five Bullets were lauded as All-Americans and nine received all-region recognition.

As a player, the Media, Pa., native was equally as successful. From 2004 to 2007, she helped Gettysburg win 72 games, claim three conference championships, and compete in the NCAA Tournament four times. In 2007, she was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and a first-team IWLCA All-America.

"Katie has left her mark on this program for years to come, both as a player and as a coach," noted Cantele. "She exemplifies all that it means to be Gettysburg GREAT! She is a fantastic teacher of the game and has the ability to relate to the student-athletes on many levels. She has been a tremendous mentor to the athletes, not only in teaching them the skills and strategies of the game, but assisting them as they develop into strong, confident young women."

"It's bittersweet for sure," said Hagan about her departure. "I love this place, it's been my home for seven of the last eight years and I am sad to leave. I have grown up here and have had two great mentors along the way, in Carol and Barb (Jordan). That being said, Carol and Barb have done a heck of a job and I know that I am ready for this next step, and I am very excited about my future as a Bear."

Hagan is the fourth Gettysburg graduate currently leading a women's lacrosse program in the Centennial Conference. In addition to her mentor Cantele, she joins Muhlenberg College's Kristen Stuckel '95 and Washington College Julika Blankenship '04. Hagan will be aiming to be the first Cantele pupil to score a win against her former mentor when Ursinus visits Clark Field on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Stuckel and Blankenship are a combined 0-15.

"I will certainly be excited and I'm sure my heart will be pounding!," said Hagan. "I can't wait to compete against Gettysburg. If Carol Cantele has taught me anything, it's to be a competitor. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

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