Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett announced on Thursday, July 10 the hiring of Kathy Taylor as the fifth head womens lacrosse coach in program history. Taylor replaces Beth Hewitt, who resigned last month after a successful five-year run in charge of the Dolphins to accept the Assistant Coach position at Division-I Vanderbilt University.
Taylor, a 2010 inductee into the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, comes to Le Moyne after turning the womens lacrosse program at SUNY Cortland into a national power. Taylor, who guided the Red Dragons to the NCAA Tournament six times and to the NCAA Semifinals each of the last four seasons, compiled a record of 115-17 (.871) over her six years at Cortland, including a mark of 84-7 (.923) over the last four campaigns.
“Coach Taylor is a proven winner with an impeccable record of success,” said Bassett. “Our womens lacrosse program competes on the national stage each year with the goal of winning conference and national championships. It was important for us to hire an individual who has had to handle the daily challenges of pursuing that level of success year after year and Coach Taylor has proven that she thrives in that environment. Kathy has expressed a very clear and inspirational vision for our program, which includes an acute responsibility for the development of the student-athlete experience, fully balanced with the relentless pursuit of excellence in competition. On behalf of our entire community, we are extremely excited to welcome Kathy Taylor as our newest member of the Le Moyne Dolphin family!”,
“I am extremely grateful and energized for the opportunity that Matt Bassett and Le Moyne College has given me to be the next head womens lacrosse coach,” said Taylor. “I am excited about the future of the program and thrilled to come in and continue the great work Beth Hewitt has done in establishing Le Moyne as a national contender. I look forward to working with the outstanding student-athletes and can not wait to get started chasing a national championship.”