Yorktown Grad Dowd Named Oregon Women's Lacrosse Coach

Katrina Dowd, a 2006 Yorktown graduate, is the new women’s lacrosse coach at the University or Oregon. Credits: Courtesy of Oregon Athletics

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — Yorktown has a rich history of producing talent in women’s lacrosse and right up there with the best to ever play the game is Katrina Dowd, a 2006 Yorktown graduate, who starred on its last state championship squad her senior season.

For Dowd, her success at Yorktown spawned the start of what has been a stellar post-high school lacrosse career, one that continued to blossom when she was recently named the head coach for the University of Oregon’s women’s lacrosse squad.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Dowd said. “First off, Oregon is an amazing place. It’s such an elite athletic department with a great staff and I am humbled to be joining the Oregon athletic department as a head coach and I am excited to get to work.”

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There were numerous reasons why Dowd felt Oregon was the place for her to take the next step in her phenomenal lacrosse journey.

“Obviously, what got me interested is, it’s such a national brand, you know it in all the major sports in football and basketball and even on the east coast it’s such a national brand and with their relationship with Nike that it had me interested right away,” Dowd said. “Then going on the visit, it just really blew me away. It checked off all the boxes and beyond. It was an amazing visit. From the staff and the search committee to athletic director, Rob Mullens, he was just so impressive and that’s the kind of place I envision myself being a head coach and being able to have an elite program.”

If anyone would know what an elite program should look like, it’s Dowd. For the last four years, she has been an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina, where she was part of two national championship squads in 2013 and 2016 with Yorktown 2011 graduates Lindsay and Sarah Scott playing for the former.

At UNC, Dowd got to work under head coach Jenny Levy, who is the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 women’s lacrosse history.

“It’s helped being at Carolina and being able to work at an elite program at a great university has been extremely helpful and I know it played a big part in me getting a job and the interest they had in me,” Dowd said. “I’m really grateful to North Carolina, Jenny Levy and all the players who have come through in those four years.”

Dowd also has a decorated career as a player she can draw on as she is one of the top offensive players internationally in women’s lacrosse history.

In 2013, Dowd scored a World Cup-record 26 goals to lead the United States to a gold medal, earning All-World honors with Lacrosse Magazine naming Dowd its best women’s player.

Dowd played on the U.S. squad from ’08-14.

As for college, Dowd was a two-time first-team All-American (’09, ’10) at Northwestern University, where she won three consecutive national titles (’07-‘09).

Currently, Dowd plays attack for the Long Island Sound in the United Women’s Lacrosse League.

Dowd joins another former Husker on the Division 1 sidelines as a head coach with Alexis Venechanos running the show at Ohio State University.

While she may be 3,000 miles away, those Yorktown roots are something that remain dear to Dowd’s heart.

“It’s amazing to see Yorktown represented at two big-time programs and big-time conferences at Oregon and Ohio State,” Dowd said. “I think one of the coolest parts is both Alexis and I have been coached by Ellen Mager, so not only are we from Yorktown but it’s where we had the same coach. We are both still in touch and pretty close with Mage so it’s pretty special that she’s had that impact.”

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