UAlbany picks Delmar’s Rowan to lead women’s lacrosse program

Rowan previously coached at Wagner
Katie Rowan, left, is the new UAlbany women's lacrosse head coach.
Katie Rowan, left, is the new UAlbany women's lacrosse head coach.

ALBANY — Katie Rowan, a 2005 Bethlehem High School graduate, is the new University at Albany women’s lacrosse head coach.

The school announced Rowan’s hire Thursday in a press release. Rowan, a former UAlbany assistant coach, has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Wagner.

“I am extremely honored for this opportunity,” Rowan said. “I would like to thank athletic director Mark Benson, associate athletic director Vic Cegles, and the entire search committee for giving me the privilege to return home to Albany and lead this program. I would also like to thank my athletic directors at Wagner College, Walt Hameline and Brendan Fahey, as well as all of my coaching mentors for their support and guidance over the years.”

Rowan replaces Jess Davos, who served as the Great Danes’ interim head coach for the 2018 season after John Battaglino resigned in January following seven seasons leading the program. With Davos leading UAlbany, the team posted a 9-9 mark and made an appearance in the America East championship game.

Rowan, a Delmar native, was a three-time first-team All-American at Syracuse before graduating in 2009. Rowan served as an assistant coach at UAlbany in 2011 and 2012.

“We are very excited to welcome Katie Rowan back to UAlbany to serve as the next head coach of our women’s lacrosse program,” Benson said. “From her outstanding playing career, as well as her extensive coaching experience, Katie is a proven winner with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of student-athletes.”

After coaching at UAlbany, Rowan served as an assistant coach for three seasons before accepting a head coaching position at Wagner. In three seasons at Wagner, Rowan’s team won two Northeast Conference championships.

“I love Katie,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “She is a great person and great coach, and she is going to take UAlbany to new heights.”

As a player, Rowan also won Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup gold medals with the U.S. Women’s national team in 2009 and 2013.

During her time at Wagner, Rowan posted a 31-27 record.

“I am extremely impressed with the vision and mission of UAlbany athletics, and am looking forward to working with an amazing group of young ladies,” Rowan said. “There is much to be excited about with UAlbany women’s lacrosse. The future is very bright, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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