Katie Rowan • Head Coach
Katie Rowan returned to the Capital Region and the University at Albany in June of 2018 when she was hired as the Great Danes' head coach.
Rowan, a native of Delmar, N.Y., who was an assistant at UAlbany from 2011-2012, came to the Great Danes from Wagner, where she had served as head coach for the past three years, guiding the Seahawks to two Northeast Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, including a preliminary round victory this past season.
Rowan, who was a three-time First-Team All-American at Syracuse before graduating in 2009, has plenty of championship experience.
Taylor Frink • Assistant Coach
Taylor Frink, an alum of the University at Albany in the Class of 2011, has returned to her alma mater and enters her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Great Danes in 2018-2019.
In 2017, Frink assisted the offense to average 13.5 goals per game en route to a 12-6 overall record and the program's second-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. Sarah Martin earned America East Midfielder of the Year and a First Team All-American by the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse after ranking second in Division I with 6.06 points per game. Two UAlbany players ranked in the top-10 in Division I in goals per game, assists per game and shot percentage. Offensive players Dakotah Savitcheff, Kenzie Neal and Emma Powlin also earned America East All-Conference honors.
In her first season as an assistant in 2016, Frink helped the UAlbany offense to rank second in the America East with 11.76 goals per game. Three UAlbany offensive players, Rachel Bowles, Alie Jimerson and Dakotah Savitcheff earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region honors plus America East All-Conference honors, with Bowles and Savitcheff each being placed on the First Team. She helped the team go 11-6 overall and reach the America East title game.
Leah Gallagher • Assistant Coach
Leah Gallagher joins the University at Albany staff for the 2018-2019 season as announced by women’s lacrosse head coach Katie Rowan.
“I am excited to announce Taylor Frink and Leah Gallagher as our UAlbany women's lacrosse assistant coaches,” said Rowan. “We are thrilled that Taylor will be staying on as assistant coach and that we are welcoming Leah to the Capital Region. Both Taylor and Leah have extensive playing and coaching backgrounds and have a great love for the game and teaching.”
Gallagher arrives at UAlbany after spending the previous season as the defensive coordinator at Army West Point. Before her stint with the Black Knights, Gallagher coached under Rowan for two seasons at Wagner. Gallagher graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a degree in Information Technology Management, and earned her MBA in Finance from Wagner in 2017. While at Notre Dame, Gallagher served as team captain and was a member of the first Fighting Irish senior class to make four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
“Leah's positive energy is infectious and she has a true passion for working with others,” said Rowan. “Leah is a strong communicator and will make a positive impact on the defensive unit.”