MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Former women's lacrosse standout and 2014 First Team All-American Katherine Athens has been hired as an assistant coach at Saint Francis, the program announced on Friday. Athens is Pfeiffer's all-time leader in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls and earned back-to-back Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 and 2014.
"We are thrilled to bring Katherine on board," said Kara Concheck, Red Flash head coach. "She brings a tremendous pedigree as a player and a coach and is a proven winner on both fronts. She is a person of high character whose ideals match those of the University and the team culture we are trying to create."
"I am grateful to be joining the Red Flash family in their commitment to excellence on and off the field," commented Athens. "I look forward to working with coach Concheck to develop well-rounded players and a strong team culture."
Athens led Pfeiffer to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014, the only two trips to the NCAA Tournament in program history. Her 53 caused turnovers in 2014 led the nation.
Athens began her coaching career with a three year stint at Messiah University after graduating in 2014. During her time, Messiah won three conference championships and was ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III at the end of the 2017 regular season. Athens was nominated for the IWLCA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.