Former WHS lax standout Fowler named assistant coach at Gettysburg
After helping Hamilton College reach the national championship game twice, former Wilton High All-American Kate Fowler is back at the upper echelons NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse — this time as a coach.
Fowler, a 2006 WHS graduate, was recently named an assistant coach with the Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team, one of the top programs in the country.
She will work under Carol Cantele, who ranks sixth in NCAA women’s lacrosse history with 329 career victories over 25 seasons — the last 22 at Gettysburg.
“Gettysburg has been one of the top women’s lacrosse programs in Division III for years now. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to work with one of the best lacrosse coaches in the country, Carol Cantele,” said Fowler, who started her new position in late July. “I’m really thankful that coach Cantele has given me this opportunity.”
Gettysburg has competed in 12 straight NCAA tournaments and has won eight conference titles since 2000. The Bullets were the national champs in 2001, and have advanced to the national semifinals five times in the last eight seasons.
Last spring, Gettysburg went 19-2, won the Centennial Conference title, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bullets finished sixth in the country in the final Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III poll.
Fowler joins the Bullets staff following a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the women’s lacrosse program at Connecticut College in New London.
She also served as the head coach of the Nor’easter Club 2015 White/Grey Team in New Haven in 2012 and 2013, and was the goalkeeper director at the Yale University Bulldog Elite Lacrosse Camp in each of the last four summers.
Before that, she was a two-sports standout (soccer and lacrosse) on both the high school and collegiate level.
At Wilton High, Fowler was a three-year starter for the girls lacrosse team, earning first-team All-FCIAC honors as a junior and senior, and first-team All-State and All-American honors as a senior. She helped the Warriors win the FCIAC championship in 2005 and the state championship in 2006.
She went to play lacrosse for Hamilton College, and was a three-year starter in goal for the Continentals, helping them win the NCAA Division III national title in 2008, and reach the national title game in 2010, sandwiched around an appearance in the NCAA semifinals in 2009.
Hamilton claimed four Liberty League titles and posted a combined record of 74-8 during Fowler’s four years. She was a three-time all-conference selection, including second-team honors in 2010. She was also tabbed All-Empire Region Second Team in 2010 and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2008 and 2010. She finished her career with the school record for goals against average at 6.66.
Fowler was also a two-year starter in goal for the Hamilton women’s soccer team and finished her career with 131 saves, six shutouts, and a goals against average of 0.89.
At Connecticut College, where she coached after college, Fowler had a hand in all aspects of the women’s lacrosse program’s day-to-day operation, including recruiting, strength and conditioning, and film breakdown. She oversaw the defense and coached an all-conference second-team goalie in 2013. She also worked with the goalkeepers on the women’s soccer team and served as an intern within the athletic department, working with facilities and game management.
But when the Gettysburg position opened up, she jumped at the chance.
“I had known about Gettysburg for a long time and had played against them,” she said.
Gettysburg had also hosted the Final Four in 2010, when Hamilton had reached the national finals. In fact, due to the conflict with Hamilton’s graduation ceremony, Fowler received her degree (in economics) in a special ceremony held at Gettysburg during the NCAA Final Four.
Fowler was also aware of a strong Wilton connection at the college with the Murphy sisters, Megan and Kate, and wanted to carry on that legacy. Megan was the 2003 IWLCA Division III Offensive Player of the Year, and Kate was the 2005 IWLCA Division III Defensive Player of the Year.
At Gettysburg, Fowler will be involved in all levels of coaching, from recruitment to formulating practice plans, to working with goalies. After her first two weeks at the college, she is more than happy with where she’s at.
“It’s exceeded my expectations in terms of how everybody’s friendly and how welcoming everybody has been, and how hard everybody wants to compete, whether it’s academics or the athletic department,” she said. “I’ve seen how determined everybody is to be the best, across the board.”
Coach Cantele was also excited to have Fowler come to Gettysburg, and expects her to make an impact on the players and the program.
“She brings a passion for the game and for the development of players,” said Cantele of Fowler. “She knows the hard work and dedication that is required to achieve success and she left us feeling no doubt that she is ready to take on that challenge here at Gettysburg.”