August 21, 2013

Colorado College Hires Trainor as Women's Assistant

from Press Release

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In college athletics, timing is everything.

For Katie Trainor and the Colorado College women's lacrosse program, the timing was perfect.

Trainor, who resigned as head coach at Goucher College in June, joined the Tigers as an assistant coach on August 19 – and Susan Stuart could not be happier.

"Together, we have more than 30 years of combined coaching experience at the NCAA level," said Stuart, CC's first and only head coach. "Katie brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff in terms of recruiting, alumnae relations, community outreach, film breakdown and scouting techniques.

"We will be more efficient in the office, which translates into more time devoted to the part of the job we both love so much – coaching and interacting with the players."

It was a coincidence that the opening at Colorado College occurred shortly after Trainor completed a nine-year run with the Gophers that began in 2005 with one season as an assistant. It was, however, an opportunity she did not want to pass up, even though the return to coaching happened a little quicker then she had anticipated.

"Leaving Goucher and accepting the position at CC were completely separate decisions," said Trainor, who posted a 57-70 career record in eight seasons. "The first was a hard decision to make, but I was really excited when the opportunity at Colorado College came about.

"I figured it was a perfect opportunity to go out and experience something completely different and exciting. It was really intriguing to see what it would be like to coach at a place like CC and with Stuey, who is a legend in the world of women's lacrosse."

In addition to Trainor's coaching and organizational skills, her reputation and experience will give Colorado College an added boost when it comes to recruiting the area of the country that historically produces many of the top collegiate players.

"Colorado is a very desirable location for kids in New England, as well as in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area," Trainor said. "With all of the relationships you build in coaching, you keep trying to pick the best kids to get them to come and play for you."

During her tenure at Goucher, Trainor brought two squads to Colorado Springs. Based on that experience alone, she would have no trouble convincing recruits that CC is the perfect combination of academics and athletics.

"Being part of such a great academic institution was pretty much a no-brainer, and the facilities are spectacular," Trainor said. "Colorado College does things so professionally, it makes visitors, fans and recruits seem so welcome. That's something that sticks out for me as a coach."

In addition to a world-class academic environment and new facilities, student-athletes also will benefit from Trainor's ability to get them to perform at the highest level.

"I'm a big proponent of teaching and getting the most out of each player," she said. "I look forward to getting to know the players and getting the school's name out there on the recruiting trail."

Trainor graduated from Colby College in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in American studies. During her four-year career, the Mules posted a 44-20 record.

She was named Colby's MVP as a senior, after ranking seventh nationally in Division III with an average of 3.29 caused turnovers per game. Her many awards included first-team All-America honors from and a selection to the IWLCA North-South All-Star Game.

Trainor succeeds Gina Scioscia, who resigned in May to pursue training in the culinary arts.

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