Sept. 29, 2010
BALTIMORE - Former Duke All-American and United States national team player Katie Chrest will join the Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team as an assistant coach, Head Coach Jen Adams announced today. Chrest will replace the departing Kylee White, who will serve as head coach at San Diego State University.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have a coach of this caliber with this program,” said Adams. “We know her coaching style and ability and feel like we will have a seamless transition as she joins our staff.” Chrest comes to Loyola with a bevy of accomplishments as one of the world’s top players.
A member of the championship-winning 2009 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team, Chrest also started for four years as a member of the Duke women’s lacrosse team en route to becoming the Blue Devils’ all-time leading scorer and earning All-American honors three times.
“I’m excited to work with Jen and a program with so much tradition and history,” Chrest said. “I’m looking forward to helping the coaching staff get this program back to where it was.”
The Greyhounds’ coaching staff is no stranger to Chrest or her talent. Chrest played against both Jen Adams and assistant coach Dana Dobbie at the 2009 World Cup in Prague and all three are promotional players for lacrosse equipment company STX. Chrest also served as a volunteer coach at Maryland with Adams.
“She’s still a current player and played at the highest level of college lacrosse,” Adams said. “Katie was one of the most effective college players to come through Duke and she will be able to impart that knowledge to our players.”
Chrest spent six years in the United States national team system, including playing on the 2005 World Cup Training Team and helping the U-19 team capture a world championship in 1999. She also scored two goals and two assists as the U.S. won seven games to take the 2009 Women's World Cup.
Four years as a student-athlete at Duke saw Chrest earn All-American honors three times, win the ACC Player of the Year award twice and take the honor of the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top lacrosse player. She also was named the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse Attacker of the Year in 2005 as well as the Duke Co-Female Athlete of the Year.
Chrest founded Chrest Lacrosse Ventures in January, a Baltimore-based group that organizes instructional youth lacrosse camps and helps facilitate recruiting between young athletes and schools. Chrest also recently worked as the Catonsville High School Lacrosse Head Coach.
Chrest received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Duke in 2006.