SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV, Le Moyne College) – A year after leading the Dolphins to the first national championship in the program’s history, Le Moyne College head women’s lacrosse coach Kathy Taylor has accepted the head coaching position at Colgate University, a member of the Patriot League.
“I would like to thank Matt Bassett and Le Moyne College for providing me a wonderful opportunity to be the head coach here for the last five years,” said Taylor. “I would also like to thank all the head coaches, assistant coaches and student-athletes I had the privilege to work alongside. I will be forever grateful to the student-athletes that worked hard day in and out and the parents that trusted me to lead them.”
“Le Moyne College is a very special place,” added Taylor. “It truly is where ‘goodness meets greatness’. I feel blessed to be a part of such an impressive athletic department that supported our chase for a national championship and beyond. The memories I’ve made these past five years at Le Moyne will be forever cherished.”
The College will immediately begin a search for its next head coach. No further comment will be provided on the search until its completion.
“Our athletic department is full of gratitude for the vision, commitment and leadership Coach Taylor has brought to our women’s lacrosse program over the past five years,” said Interim Athletic Director designee Tim Fenton. “Through the dedication and efforts by Kathy, the staff and our women’s lacrosse student-athletes in their continuous pursuit of excellence with integrity, our women’s lacrosse program has established itself as a perennial national championship contender. More importantly, through Kathy’s mentorship and our focus on whole-person development, our women’s lacrosse student-athletes have continued to excel academically and are prepared to go forth to have positive impacts in their communities. We have an incredibly strong foundation for our next head coach to build upon.”
In her five seasons leading the program, Taylor guided the Dolphins to a 97-12 record, including a mark of 62-3 in Northeast-10 Conference play (tied for the best in the conference over the span), and the program’s first national championship in 2018. In her tenure, the Dolphins captured three Northeast-10 Regular Season championships (2015, 2017, 2019), one Northeast-10 tournament championship (2018) and competed in five NCAA regional championships, advancing to the NCAA Semifinals in her first four seasons, the first time in the program’s history that feat has been accomplished. The program’s 61 wins over the last three seasons are the most in the nation.
She was named the IWLCA Division II Coach of the Year in 2018 and the NE10 Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2019, while the Dolphins earned the East Region’s top seed in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she led the Dolphins to a school-record 22 wins, the second NE10 championship in the program’s history (first since 2013) and the first regional championship and national championship in program history.
Under her tutelage, student-athletes earned IWLCA All-Region accolades 28 times and IWLCA All-America honors 20 times. Additionally, four student-athletes earned IWLCA positional player of the year honors (2015 attacker of the year, 2018 defensive player of the year, 2018 and 2019 goalkeeper of the year). The Class of 2019 (her first recruiting class) finished its career with a mark of 79-8, the most wins and the fewest losses by a class in the program’s history.