September 4, 2012

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Rowan Comes Back to Syracuse as Assistant Coach

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse head coach Gary Gait has announced that Katie Rowan, the most decorated player in the program's history, will join his staff as an assistant coach this season. Rowan is the Orange's career leader in points and assists.

"I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to return to my alma mater and coach at Syracuse University," Rowan said. "I would like to thank head coach Gary Gait and Dr. Daryl Gross for this opportunity to coach at SU and contribute to the proud Syracuse lacrosse tradition. Syracuse University is a special place to be a student-athlete and I look forward to working with the team to help them achieve success both on and off the playing field."

"Katie is a perfect fit," Gait said. "As a former player, she embraces everything Syracuse lacrosse is about."

A volunteer coach at Syracuse in 2010, Rowan spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Albany. She helped guide the Great Danes to the 2011 America East Conference regular-season and conference titles and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2011 quarterfinals.

"I would like to thank Coach John Battaglino, Dr. Lee McElroy, and the UAlbany women's lacrosse team for the wonderful coaching experience I have had the last two years," Rowan said.

In her career, Rowan amassed 396 points on 232 goals and 164 assists. She is the school's only three-time first-team All-America selection. Rowan led the nation in scoring in 2008 and was named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy and the Honda Award. She set single-season school records for points (142) and assists (69) that year and led the Orange to the national semifinals for the first time in school history. Rowan was a four-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection and a two-time BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year honoree.

In 2009, Rowan helped the U.S. national team to the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. She was Team USA's second-leading scorer, recording 35 points during the tournament. Rowan dished out 20 assists, also the second-highest total on the squad, to go along with 15 goals. She was selected to the 2012-14 national senior team earlier this month.

Rowan earned her bachelor's degree in inclusive education/special education and sociology in 2009 and her Master's in literacy education in 2010 from Syracuse. She was voted to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America national first team as a senior after receiving second-team honors as a junior. Rowan earned the 2009 Soladay Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a Syracuse University student-athlete.


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