Katie Vautier begins her first year as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at Christopher Newport in 2018-19 after piecing together an extensive résumé as both a successful coach and student-athlete at the Division III level.
Vautier, who served as an assistant coach at Transylvania since the summer of 2016, is well respected in the Capital Athletic Conference following an All-American playing career at York (Pa.). Her primary focus will be working with the CNU defensive unit.
Prior to arriving in Newport News, Vautier helped guide Transylvania to new heights over the past two seasons, culminating in the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2018. During the spring, the squad claimed the Ohio River Women's Lacrosse Conference regular season and tournament championships while compiling a pristine 11-0 mark in league action. Along the way, the Pioneers registered a program-best 18-2 record and earned a spot in the second round of the national playoffs.
The 2018 team eventually established new school standards for wins, goals, ground balls, draw controls, and caused turnovers during the year. Transylvania also ranked second in the NCAA in scoring defense after limiting the opposition to just 5.35 goals per game.
In addition to the 2018 season, Vautier also led the Pioneers to a 14-3 mark in 2017. Once again, her work with the defensive unit paid dividends as Transylvania led the ORLC in goals-against-average.
Along with her efforts at Transylvania, Vautier previously spent time as a coach with the Chesapeake and Maryland United Lacrosse Clubs. She also served as the head junior varsity coach while working as an assistant on the varsity staff at Annapolis High School in 2016.
Before joining the professional ranks, Vautier was a decorated women's lacrosse player at York (Pa.). During her tenure from 2010-13, she was a three-time first-team All-Conference and All-Region selection while earning a spot on the second-team All-American squad as a senior. Starting every game during the course of her career, she graduated as the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers, ground balls, draw controls, starts, and appearances.
A two-time team captain, she helped the Spartans rank among the top-20 nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll during each of her final two seasons.