Kaitlyn Hafdell was introduced as Millersville's women's lacrosse head coach on August 16, 2022. Hafdell, a 2014 graduate of Slippery Rock, comes to Millersville after taking Southwestern University to record-setting heights over three seasons.
Despite two shortened seasons, Hafdell produced a 23-11 record as the head coach at Southwestern. In 2022, her club set a school record for wins with a 13-3 record. Hafdell also led Southwestern to back-to-back Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship games.
Hafdell coached 15 All-SCAC First Team performers as well as two SCAC Defenders of the Year, a SCAC Midfielder of the Year and a SCAC Attacker of the Year in her last two seasons. In 2022, her team broke the program record for goals and assists. She now takes over a Millersville program that reached the postseason in two of the last three seasons and went 12-6 in 2022.
Before becoming the head coach at Southwestern, Hafdell spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Rhodes College in Tennessee. Hafdell helped Rhodes to three consecutive SAA championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Hafdell also served as the head coach at St. Joseph's High School in Greenville, S.C., while also coaching the Greenlight Lacrosse club team.
As a student-athlete at Slippery Rock, Hafdell was an All-PSAC Third Team selection as a defender in 2014 and voted the team's MVP as a senior. She played 67 games and ranks first all-time in minutes played. She graduated from Slippery Rock with a bachelor's degree in public health and a minor in coaching.