Former Maryland Tewaaraton Award winner Caitlyn Phipps (neé McFadden) returned to the Terrapin women's lacrosse program as an assistant coach in August of 2012.
In her second season with the Terps in 2014, Phipps helped Maryland to its sixth consecutive ACC title and the NCAA Championship. Phipps assisted Taylor Cummings in becoming the IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year and the first sophomore to win the Tewaaraton Award.
Phipps was integral in the Terps' ACC title in 2013, leading a talented midfield to a fifth straight championship. The former Tewaaraton winner helped former teammate and two-time Tewaaraton winner Katie Schwarzmann land top IWLCA midfield honors for a third straight season while aiding the Terps to one of the most prolific offenses in the country.
Phipps returned to College Park as one of the most decorated players in Maryland women's lacrosse history. Phipps was a two-time IWLCA First Team All-American, two-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2010 as she guided Maryland to its first national title since 2001.
"We are thrilled to welcome Caitlyn back to the University of Maryland," Reese said. "As a student-athlete, Caitlyn excelled both on the field and in the classroom and exemplified the standards and work ethic our program strives to achieve. We believe Caitlyn will be a tremendous addition to our staff both tactically and as a topnotch recruiter."
A native of Phoenix, Md., Phipps currently ranks tied for fourth all-time in assists (110) and eighth in points (259) on Maryland's career lists. She earned a degree in kinesiology from Maryland in 2010.
Phipps spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida. She helped guide UF to the final four of the NCAA tournament last season.
"I am truly honored to return to the University of Maryland and would like to thank Cathy Reese for this amazing opportunity," Phipps said. "It is a privilege to be able to represent my alma mater as well as the state of Maryland. I couldn't be more excited about working with the caliber of student-athletes we have at Maryland and will work tirelessly to get the Terps back as the final team standing."
In addition to her playing experience with the Terps, Phipps has been a constant presence on the U.S. national team. She won a gold medal at the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, recording four assists to help guide the U.S. to a 4-0 record heading into the elimination round.
Phipps married former Maryland men's lacrosse goalkeeper Brian Phipps in December 2014.