Kate Livesay to Take Over Women's Lacrosse Program
Kate (Perine) Livesay '03 has been named head coach of the Middlebury women's lacrosse program. Currently serving as assistant coach, Livesay will begin her new post this summer following the retirement of longtime head coach Missy Foote. The former Panther All-American came to Middlebury from NESCAC rival Trinity last summer, where she served as the head coach for eight seasons, amassing a career record of 127-26 (.830).
"Kate is an outstanding teacher, leader and mentor who will continue to impact our students' lives on and off the field in the tradition that Missy has built so well," said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn.
"I am very excited for this opportunity," said Livesay. "Missy has worked tirelessly to build this program into one of the most successful and well-respected programs in the nation. It will be my privilege to work to maintain that same standard of excellence on a daily basis."
Prior to her arrival at Middlebury last summer, Livesay was a graduate assistant coach at Trinity for lacrosse and field hockey in 2004-2005 and was appointed the school's head women's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006. In her first season in 2007, Trinity won 12 games and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 after a 5-9 mark the previous spring.
From 2010-2014, under Livesay's leadership, Trinity compiled an amazing 84-10 record, including back-to-back 21-1 records in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 squad won the school's first NCAA Championship, while the 2013 team advanced to the NCAA title game. The Bantams won NESCAC crowns from 2011-2014, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals twice with three trips to the NCAA title game.
Livesay was named NESCAC Coach of the Year four times, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Regional Coach of the Year five times, while earning IWLCA National Coach of the Year honors in 2012.
"I am thrilled that Kate has been named as the next head coach," said Foote, who is now in her final season. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a commitment to the development of the student-athlete, and a passion for the College, the game of lacrosse, and the culture of the team. Kate has that rare ability to teach x's and o's, while also inspiring and empowering her players to play to their full potential."
Livesay earned a bachelor's degree in American civilization at Middlebury, where she was a four-year starter in field hockey and lacrosse. She was captain of both teams during her senior year, while being a member of the basketball team during her first two seasons. She earned her master's degree in history from Trinity in 2007.
As a defender on the Middlebury lacrosse team, Livesay helped her team go 64-3 over her four seasons, winning NCAA Championships with perfect seasons in 2001 and 2002. The team won all three NESCAC Championships contested in her time, advancing to the final four in 2000 and the NCAA title game in 2003.
"It is especially meaningful for me to take over a program that I watched growing up, one that I played for, and one that I have coached against," said Livesay. "Middlebury teams have always displayed a great passion for the game, an unmatched work ethic and tremendous teamwork. I know these same qualities, that have been central to the success of the program for decades, will be celebrated and ever present in the years moving forward."