May 29, 2014

Trinity Coach Livesay Resigns, Joins Middlebury

from staff reports

Kate Livesay, who led Trinity to the NCAA championship in 2012, also won two NCAA titles as a player for Hall of Fame coach Missy Foote at Middlebury. Foote plans to retire after the 2015 season. (John Strohsacker)

Kate Livesay, who has led the Trinity (Conn.) women's lacrosse team to three consecutive NCAA Division III championship games and the NCAA title in 2012, has resigned as the Bantams coach to join the coaching staff at Middlebury, the schools announced Thursday.

Livesay went 127-26 in eight seasons at Trinity. A former Middlebury player, she cited the opportunity to coach at her alma mater and be closer to her family as reasons for her decision. Longtime Middlebury coach Missy Foote, a 2013 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, plans to retire after the 2015 season.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Middlebury and start a new chapter in my coaching career," Livesay said.

Livesay arrived at Trinity as a graduate assistant coach for lacrosse and field hockey in 2004-05. She became the head lacrosse coach in 2006-07. Under Livesay's watch, the Bantams made seven NCAA tournament appearances and have won the last four NESCAC championships. She is a four-time NESCAC Coach of the Year and was the IWLCA Division III Coach of the Year in 2012, the year Trinity defeated previously unbeaten Salisbury 8-7 to capture the NCAA championship.

The Bantams returned to the NCAA championship game the last two years, losing to Salisbury both times, including a 9-6 loss Sunday in Gettysburg, Pa.

Livesay was a defender on Middlebury's NCAA championship teams in 2001 and 2002.

"I admired her work ethic and game intelligence when she was a Middlebury student-athlete and later when she became a formidable coaching opponent at Trinity," Foote said. "I am honored that we will stand together on the sidelines at Middlebury this year."

Said Livesay: "I feel especially fortunate to have the opportunity to coach alongside Missy Foote in her final year on the sidelines."

The search for Livesay's replacement at Trinity is underway.

"The women's lacrosse program at Trinity has again become synonymous with excellence," said Mike Renwick, the school's athletic director. "I am very disappointed to be losing Kate Livesay as a coach and a person. However, the reasons are right and I wish her all the best in the future. She has rebuilt a program to compete at the highest level of Division III women's lacrosse and I plan on continuing that same level of excellence moving forward. We will begin the process to replace her immediately and expectations in years to come will be the same."

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