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Women’s lacrosse: Robert Morris hires Silva (Strath Haven) as assistant

Tuesday, 28th August 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 8/28/12
From Press Release

Robert Morris head women’s lacrosse coach Katy Phillips has announced the hiring of former Virginia Tech head coach Katrina Silva (Strath Haven) as a first assistant with the Colonials program.

Silva is familiar with the team as she served as a volunteer assistant with the program last season. Silva will work with the Colonials offensive unit as well as serving at the program’s recruiting coordinator and helping with several administrative responsibilities.

“I am extremely excited to add Katrina to our staff in a full time role this year. She brings a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience to the program. She did an amazing job last year as a volunteer coach which allows for a seamless transition into this position. She is the perfect fit for the goals that we are looking to accomplish with the program.”

Silva is in her second year with the Robert Morris staff after four years as the head coach at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. With the Hokies, Silva helped guide the program to Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament appearances in all four seasons and led the program its first ever win in ACC play.

Before her time at Virginia Tech, Silva served as the head coach at Colgate University for seven years. During her tenure with the Raiders, Silva led the team to an overall record of 67-57 that included two trips to the NCAA Tournament, two Patriot League Tournament titles, and three Patriot League Regular Season titles.

Twice Silva was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for her efforts to a program that produced four Regional All-Americans under her watch. Silva got her start as a head coach at Roanoke College coaching both the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams.

She led both teams to winning records during her tenure and even led the women’s lacrosse team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1997. Silva held multiple assistant coach positions before her start at Roanoke College including stops at Virginia Tech, Colgate University, and Goucher College.

“I would like to thank Coach Katy Phillips for promoting me within the Robert Morris Athletic Department; I couldn’t be more excited to be on the staff of this lacrosse program. To be able to continue on the goals we started last year and to make great strides in the Northeast Conference, really energizes me. It’s an exciting time for RMU Lacrosse.”

A three-year letter winner at Towson State University, Silva served as the starting goaltender for their national ranked team. Silva still sits in the record books holding top-ten spots for career saves and save percentage.

In addition to her years as the lacrosse goaltender, Silva also was a four-year letter winner for the school’s field hockey team. In her field hockey career, Silva was named the Southeast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.


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