Linfield Wildcats

June 24, 2014
Kat Enders takes over as lacrosse coach
Kat Enders has been named women's lacrosse coach at Linfield College, replacing Sammy Smith, who stepped aside after two seasons. Linfield director of athletics Scott Carnahan announced the changes Tuesday.
Enders, 24, becomes the fifth coach to head the program. The college launched women's lacrosse as a varsity sport in 1997.
A native Oregonian, Enders spent the last two years as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.
“I'm very excited for the opportunity to be joining the Linfield athletic department and to be returning to the Pacific Northwest,” said Enders.
Enders was a four-year lacrosse letterwinner and two-year captain at Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 2012. Named one of Ohio Wesleyan's Top-Ten scholar-athletes, she earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology while also pursuing a minor in religion. During her time at OWU, she served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was North Coast Athletic Conference SAAC representative.
“I'm really passionate about the Division III model of athletics,” Enders said. “I'm looking forward to helping Linfield maintain the proper balance between academics and athletics while also being able to help grow the sport of lacrosse in the Northwest.”
Enders grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore. She graduated from Portland's St. Mary's Academy, competing for four years in lacrosse. She was a member of consecutive Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association state championship clubs in 2007 and 2008.
In addition to her high school and college experience, Enders has been involved with girls lacrosse at the club level with Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, with Rhino Lacrosse, and with the Midwestern Force club team in Ohio.
“Lacrosse is a great sport that provides young women the opportunity to develop into leaders,” said Enders, who begins her new position July 1.
“All the things Kat brings to the table we believe are going to enhance the program,” said Carnahan. “Her connection to the sport of lacrosse at the high school and club level in Oregon should prove to be valuable. We are expecting that Kat can elevate women's lacrosse at Linfield a new level.”
Enders inherits a program with 11 expected returnees, including seniors-to-be Halee Helgerson, Rebecca Kropp and Chas Tittle.
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Kat Enders
Becomes the fifth coach in program history