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University of Connecticut Athletics
2095 Hillside Rd, Unit 1173 Storrs, CT 06269
Division 1 Connecticut Northeast
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Katie Woods

Katie Woods enters up her 11th season as head coach at UConn in 2021. Woods 89 wins and .552 win percentage at UConn both mark the highest in program history, as Woods looks to continue her reign as the most successful coach in UConn women's lacrosse history.


Woods coached her players to great success in 2018 and for the first time in program history guided two Huskies to IWLCA All-American status. Seniors Cassie Ekstrom and Grace Nolan were tabbed Second and Third Team All-Americans, respectively, in addition to being named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team. Ektsrom and Nolan established themselves as the top players in the BIG EAST Conference and were selected as the BIG EAST Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively, as well as while being honored as All-Conference First Team selections. Nolan left UConn as the all-time points (285) and goals (186) and was selected to the 2018 All-ECAC Second Team. Woods also coached freshman Sydney Watson to All-Northeast Region Second Team and BIG EAST Second Team accolades.


Woods helped UConn make history in 2015, helping UConn to accomplished two firsts in the 2015 Big East Tournament after topping Georgetown in the semifinal round. The win marked UConn's first Big East postseason victory in program history and sent the Huskies to their first ever Big East Championship game. Connecticut fell to top-seeded Florida in the finals, as UConn ended the season with double-digit win total (11-7).


In 2015 three UConn players and the Huskies coaching staff each took home major Big East season awards prior to the start of the conference tournament. Lauren Kwasnowski was tabbed the League's Defender of the Year, while Shannon Nee (Goalkeeper of the Year) and Grace Nolan (Rookie of the Year) were also both recognized. Woods and her staff earned Big East Coaching Staff of the Year after leading a Huskies team that once again finished perfect (6-0) at home during the regular season.


That January, Woods was inducted into the CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame along with six other honorees. The Connecticut native, who was a three-sport athlete in high school was recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 30 in Milford, Conn.


In 2013, Woods helped the Huskies make history, as Connecticut finished the season 13-5 and clinched a berth in both the BIG EAST Championships and NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.


Woods joined the University of Connecticut as the head women's lacrosse coach in 2011 after serving in the same role for the previous four years at American University.


During her time at American, the Eagles collected 23 all-conference selections, five Patriot League Player of the Year honors and 72 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades. Following the 2008 season Woods was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a 5-1 record in league play and a share of the regular season championship.


During the 2004 season Woods was the first assistant at Cornell where she worked with the attack and aided in player development. With the Big Red she also planned team travel and was responsible for recruiting and film breakdown. Woods later joined Brown University as an assistant coach in 2005 and 2006, coaching the offensive unit and assisted in goalkeeper coaching.


Prior to her time at Cornell, Woods served as an assistant coach at Davidson for the 2003 season where she helped plan practices and organized recruiting efforts in addition to coaching during contests.


Woods also spent a year at Ithaca College in 2002 as a graduate assistant coach for both women's soccer and lacrosse. While at Ithaca, she earned her master's in exercise and sports sciences.


Woods was a two-sport athlete at Drew, where she played lacrosse and soccer. She was a four-time All-Conference selection in lacrosse, also picking up two Regional All-America and one National All-America award. Woods also excelled in the classroom as a two-time Scholar Athlete award winner.


She graduated with a degree in psychology in May 2001. Woods is a 1997 graduate of South Windsor High School where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

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Kaitlin Frederick

UConn head lacrosse coach Katie Woods announced the hiring of Kaitlin Frederick as an assistant coach heading into the 2021-22 season.


"I'm really excited to have Katie in our program," stated Woods. "She brings a wealth of experience on and off the field and has a real passion for the game, and excitement for UConn. We are looking forward to her joining the program and working with our student-athletes."


Fredrick comes to UConn after a coaching stint at Coastal Carolina where she served as the defensive coordinator and goalkeeper specialist since 2016 and was also the team's recruiting coordinator during her tenure.


During her tenure, Frederick coached a pair of Coastal Carolina goaltenders to Defensive Player of the Year awards and had the league's first team all-conference goalkeeper for five-straight seasons. She coached 20 all-conference defenders and midfielders including 11 first teamers.


Before entering the coaching ranks at Coastal Carolina, Frederick had a standout four-year playing career at Ohio State where she captained the team. During her four-years, Ohio State racked up 45 wins, earned the program's highest national ranking (#8) and two NCAA Tournament appearances.


She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Science and was a BIG 10 Distinguished Scholar Athlete.

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Kiley Anderson

Kiley Anderson, a record setting attacker at UMass Amherst, will join the UConn women’s lacrosse coaching staff as announced by head coach Katie Woods.


Anderson comes to UConn after spending last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Yale University, helping the development of the student-athletes. She assisted in planning and conducting skill specific individual lessons with players and worked with drawers and circle players to improve their specific skills.


A former IWLCA First Team All-Northeast Region and Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference selection, Anderson had a successful playing career at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She served as captain for the Minutewomen during the 2019 season and holds the record for most goals in a single game (9) in program history. Anderson is also second all-time in career draw controls (208) and tied for most goals in a single season (67). She was also selected to the Atlantic 10 All Championship Team in 2017 and 2019. She finished seventh nationally in goals per game (3.94) while helping the Minutewomen rank No. 1 nationally in draw controls per game (19.11) and No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (17.47 goals per game).


Prior to her time at Yale, she was a coach at the Nor’easter Premiere Lacrosse Club, Nor’easter Next, and UMass Amherst and Yale lacrosse camps. Anderson also helped as a coach at the Northwestern and Salve Regina Nor’easter lacrosse camps.


Anderson graduated with a B.A. in sociology in May 2019. A native of Killingworth, Conn., she attended Haddam-Killingworth High School and was an honorable mention US Lacrosse All-American. She also was a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American.

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