Former Maryland standout and two-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year Cathy Reese enters her ninth season at the helm of the storied Terrapins' women's lacrosse program. Reese guides the Terps into their first season in the Big Ten as one of the most decorated coaches at the collegiate level.
Reese led the Terps to their second NCAA title in five years in 2014. Maryland garnered a 23-1 record on their way to a sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title in the team's last season in the conference. Reese was named ACC Coach of the Year for a league-high seventh time. The Terps boasted six IWLCA All-American, including IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year Taylor Cummings and IWLCA National Defender of the Year Megan Douty. Cummings went on to become the first sophomore to earn the women's Tewaaraton Award. Reese capped the season with IWLCA Regional Coach and National Coach of the Year honors.
The Terps were near perfect in 2013, going 22-1 with its lone loss coming in heartbreaking fashion in overtime against North Carolina in the national title game. Maryland won its unprecedented fifth straight ACC title and senior Katie Schwarzmann won the Tewaaraton Award for the second straight year. The Terps boasted the IWLCA Midfielder and Attacker of the Year in Schwarzmann and Alex Aust. Taylor Cummings was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
Maryland captured its conference-record fourth consecutive ACC title in 2012 and landed in the final four for the fourth straight season. Reese has mentored her second Tewaaraton winner - Katie Scharzmann - and landed four student-athletes on the IWLCA All-America list. She was named ACC Coach of the Year for a remarkable fifth time in seven season at the helm of the Terrapin program.
Reese's Terps won their third-straight conference championship in 2011 while landing in the final four of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship for the third consecutive season. Maryland concluded the season with a 21-2 record after falling short in the title game to Northwestern. The Terps, despite playing the majority of the season minus Lacrosse Magazine Preseason National Player of the Year Karri Ellen Johnson, put together another stellar season, boasting two Tewaaraton finalists, an ACC Player of the Year and four IWLCA First Team All-Americans.
With the Terps falling just once in regular season play, Maryland wrapped up the 2010 campaign on a devastating 10-game winning streak, which concluded in elation with a gallant comeback against five-time defending national champion Northwestern in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at Towson. Reese coached Maryland's first Tewaaraton Award winner since Jen Adams as Caitlyn McFadden was tabbed the top player in all of women's lacrosse. Four other Terrapins landed All-America status as well and Reese garnered IWLCA National Coach of the Year honors along with being named the top coach in the conference for the second straight season.
Reese had Maryland on the verge of perfection in 2009, leading the Terps to a 21-1 record, an NCAA Final Four trip, and ACC Tournament and Regular Season championships. She boasted three Tewaaraton nominees, five All-Americans, five All-ACC honorees, the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year and the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year. Reese also earned a few honors of her own, racking up IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year accolades along with her second ACC Coach of the Year award in only three short seasons at the helm of the storied Maryland program.
Reese continued to move Maryland in a positive direction in 2008, steering the Terps to an 18-3 record and an Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. Once again, Reese boasted some of the top talent in the nation as senior Dana Dobbie was tabbed ACC Player of the Year in addition to being named a finalist for the Tewaarton Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player. Dobbie and fellow seniors Kelly Kasper and Lauren Cohen joined sophomore Caitlyn McFadden on the All-America team while Kasper accompanied Dobbie as a Tewaarton finalist. The Terps' 18-3 record was the best for the program since 2003 as Maryland punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive season.
Reese returned to her alma mater in 2007 as the head coach and guided the Terps to a 16-4 record, including a first-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 4-1, earning the conference's Coach of the Year award.
Maryland had bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round the previous two seasons, but Reese's Terps advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 and had the most wins since 2003. Included in those 16 wins were a pair against teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country against North Carolina and Duke, respectively.
Reese's guidance produced more than just team success. Dana Dobbie was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player, and was the ACC Player of the Year. In addition, Dobbie along with Becky Clipp, Kelly Kasper, and Krista Pellizzi were named All-Americans.
Reese returned to Maryland after spending her first three seasons as head coach at the University of Denver where she guided the Pioneers to their most successful season in school history in 2006. Denver finished that year with a 16-5 record and rattled off 11-straight wins over the course of 43 days. The 11-game win streak was more victories than the school had seen in an entire season as its eight wins in 2003 was the most in a season for the Pioneers prior to 2006.
For a program that saw limited success since its inception in 1999, Reese proved that she is a winner. With a 4-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) record, the Pioneers won its first-ever regular season championship in 2006. For her efforts, Reese was named the 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year. In addition, two of her student-athletes were also given season-ending awards as Denver sweeped the conference accolades. Kristie Leggio was tabbed the Player of the Year and Karen Morton was the Newcomer of the Year.
Leggio, Stephanie Greenlees, and Kelly O'Connell were each recognized as all-regional performers in 2006. It was the first time in program history that a Pioneer student-athlete was recognized by the IWLCA/US Lacrosse committee.
Prior to lifting the Denver program to national attention, Reese spent nine seasons in College Park, four as a student-athlete and five as an assistant coach. During that span, the women's lacrosse program had one of the most successful streaks seen in collegiate women's sports history. The Terps won seven national championships in her first nine years on campus. That is the third-longest streak in women's NCAA history in any sport.
When Reese first stepped foot on campus as a freshman, it was impossible to gauge how successful she and the Terps would be. Maryland did not lose in her first two seasons as a student-athlete, and it did not lose until midway through her junior campaign. In all, Reese and the Terps went 50-straight games without a loss. In her playing career, Reese guided the Terps to an incredible 75-4 record. In her first three seasons as assistant coach, the Terps went 65-1. Her total record with Maryland in her first nine seasons was 169-19. The Terps also made the NCAA quarterfinals in 2002 and advanced to the national semifinals in 2003 before Reese took the reins at Denver.
As a student-athlete from 1995-98, she was a two-time All-America selection. As a senior, she was tabbed the NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player and was the second-leading scorer on that championship team with 58 goals and 25 assists. She finished her career with 140 goals, 77 assists, and 217 points. Her 77 assists is tied for eighth all-time at Maryland and her 217 points is 11th.
Reese graduated in 1998 with a degree in speech communications. She and her husband, Brian, who is also a volunteer coach for the program, have four children, Riley, who is seven years old, Brody, who is five years old, Cayden Elizabeth who is three years old and Braxton Jacob who was born Jan. 21, 2012.
Reese's Career Coaching Record