Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College Athletic Director Mike Renwick has announced the promotion of three-year assistant Katy Dissinger (Glen Head, N.Y.) to head coach of its women's lacrosse team, effective July 1. Dissinger, the 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year, has played a significant role in Trinity's unprecedented run to the last three NCAA Division III Championship Finals including an NCAA Championship season in 2012. Also a participant in the 2011 NCAA Final Four as a captain for Bowdoin College's squad, Dissinger replaces Kate Livesay who resigned a few weeks ago.
"I am extremely pleased to be announcing the promotion of Katy Dissinger," said Renwick. "Katy has been an integral part of the recent success of our program and I feel she will continue to lead and mentor our student-athletes to further accomplishments. In addition, I am truly excited to be adding such a quality person to our athletic department staff."
Dissinger earned her bachelor's degree from Bowdoin in visual arts and environmental studies in 2011, and added a master's degree in public policy from Trinity in 2013. Dissinger starred at center midfielder for her alma mater from 2008 to 2011, earning IWLCA All-Regional honors twice and receiving the program's Ellen Tiemer Trophy for excellence in lacrosse by a vote of her teammates and her coach. Dissinger, who was also an assistant field hockey coach at Trinity from 2011 to 2013, will be an assistant professor in the College's athletic department.
"I am ecstatic and honored to be named the head lacrosse coach at Trinity College," said Dissinger. "I have been fortunate to learn alongside Kate Livesay for the last three years, and she has provided me a strong foundation for how to run a top Division III program. I am thankful to Mike Renwick and the Trinity administration for providing me this tremendous opportunity and for their confidence in my abilities. I am elated to continue working with this talented group of young women, and it is a privilege to be a member of the Trinity community that truly believes in and supports the development of its student-athletes."
In Dissinger's first season as an assistant at Trinity in 2011- 12, she performed all the duties of head coach during the fall while Coach Livesay was on a semester-long maternity leave. She guided the team through its off-season preparations following a home loss to Bowdoin in the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals, and the Bantams went on to an historic run to the College's first NCAA crown in any sport that spring. The Bantams finished that season and defeated Cortland State and Salisbury in NCAA Final Four to win the title. Trinity won its first 21 games in 2013, before falling to Salisbury in the NCAA Finals, and finished 19-3 this spring including its fourth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown and an 8-7 win over top-ranked and previously-undefeated Cortland State in the NCAA Semifinals before losing, 9-6, in the finals to Salisbury.
Dissinger mentored the Trinity midfielders and its attack, coordinated its fitness program, and ran numerous clinics for all ages the last three seasons, and Bantams Liz Bruno '12 and Megan Leonhard '13 were each honored as National Midfielders of the Year during that time. She has organized a fall clinic for inner-city youth in Hartford the last two autumns, and serves on the athletic department's marketing and communication committee and its sports medicine committee.