Middlebury women's lacrosse coach Kate Livesay '03 was honored with a pair of prestigious honors, garnering both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National and Pilgrim Region Coach of the Year accolades. In late May, she guided the Panthers to their second NCAA Championship in the last four seasons. This was the second time at Middlebury that she has been tabbed as the national coach of the year (2016) and the third occasion (2016, 2018) for the regional award.
Livesay directed the Panthers to the 2019 national title, highlighted by a 14-9 victory over Salisbury in the championship contest. The team finished the spring with a 22-game winning streak, while tying a program record for victories in a season. The Panthers excelled against ranked opponents, going a perfect 16-0 in those contests. Middlebury ranked among the NESCAC leaders in scoring offense with 14.35 goals per game, while setting a program single-season record with 330 goals. At the other end of the field, the Panther defense led the conference and was 12th nationally in team defense at 6.78 goals allowed per game. The team also led the NESCAC in caused turnovers (245) and ground balls (453).
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Livesay served as a graduate assistant coach for lacrosse and field hockey in 2004-05 at Trinity and was appointed the school's head women's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006. From 2010 to 2014, Trinity compiled an impressive 94-10 record, including back-to-back 21-1 marks in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 squad captured the school's first women's NCAA Championship. In 12 seasons as a head coach, Livesay has a career mark of 207-36, including an 80-10 record in four years at Middlebury.
Livesay earned a bachelor's degree in American civilization at Middlebury, where she was a four-year starter in field hockey and lacrosse (All-American). She served as captain of both of those squads 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 for the Middlebury lacrosse team, Livesay saw those squads 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.