Katrina Silva - Owner; Head Coach, Robert Morris University (Towson University)
Formerly, the head coach of Virginia Tech, Katrina Silva served four seasons with the Hokies. During her time at Tech, Silva garnered the only ACC win in the program's history, a 16-15 win in Blacksburg over Boston College in 2009. Prior to Tech, Silva spent seven seasons at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Silva compiled a 67-57 overall record while at the helm of the Raider program, with her teams winning Patriot League Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005 and finishing second in 2006. Silva was the 2006 Howard Hartman Award winner as Colgate's Coach of the Year and was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 while leading Colgate to the NCAA Tournament in both of those seasons.
No stranger to Western Virginia and Blacksburg, Silva was head coach of both women's lacrosse and field hockey at Roanoke College from 1996-99. During her three seasons with the Maroons, Silva coached the lacrosse team to a 37-11 record and two Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships in 1997 and 1999. In 1997, her Maroons advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. During the 1996 season, Silva worked as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse team at Virginia Tech. The team compiled a 7-6 overall record in just its second season.
Silva's first stint at Colgate came during the 1994-95 academic year, where she served as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams under Cathy Foto. That spring, she helped the Raiders post their best record as a Division I program to date, 10-5, and they earned an invitation to the ECAC tournament.
Silva began her coaching career at Goucher College, where she served as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams from 1992 to 1994. Under her guidance, Goucher's goalkeeper recorded 192 saves and a .642 save percentage on her way to becoming a two-time all-region selection.
Silva is a 1993 graduate of Towson University with a bachelor's degree in physical education studies, and a minor in psychology. She was the starting goalkeeper for Towson's nationally-ranked lacrosse team for three years. During her junior campaign, the Tigers were finalists in the ECAC tournament. Silva was also the starting goalkeeper on Towson's field hockey team for four years, and she was honored as the Southeast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
As a member of both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and US Lacrosse Incorporated, Silva has served on several committees with the IWLCA, including the regional All-America committee, and has been a representative on US Lacrosse's board of governors.
Katy Phillips - Owner, Assistant Athletic Director & Head Coach, Shady Side Academy (University of New Hampshire)
Katy Phillips just completed her 12th season as the head coach of the Robert Morris University women’s lacrosse team. Since her appointment to the position in 2004, Phillips has built the program from the ground up, surrounding the team with exceptional talent, tough competition and the means for success.
Phillips has taken a brand new Division I program that finished 0-14 its first season to a team that has posted a .500 or better the last 4 years and has seen post season 4 of the last 6 seasons, earning her NEC Coach of the Year in 2011. She has coached several All Conference Award winners, most notably Jessica Karwacki, 3x NEC First Team, 3x NCAA Statistical Leader in Draw Controls, and currently holds the NCAA record for career draw controls.
A native of Pittsburgh, Phillips is very active in the local community. She has been the Director of 3 Rivers Lacrosse for the last 12 years, a member of the Mt. Lebanon Youth Coaching Staff for the past 4 years, and is also a USL/PIAA Certified Official. She competed in Division I lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine and freshwater biology.
Lisa Vacca Evans
Evans is in her 6th season with the Dukes and her 2nd with Pittsburgh Premier at the Youth Site Director. She came to the Bluff from Robert Morris, where she spent four years as an assistant coach, working primarily with the Colonials' offense and keepers. In addition to her time at RMU, Evans coached for 5 years with Intrepid Lacrosse Club as well as serving as the Head Coach of Quaker Valley Middle School for three seasons, earning 2005 WPSLA Coach of the Year award.As a player, Evans played four years of club at the University of Pittsburgh, captaining the Panthers 3 of those 4 seasons. She graduated in 2002 with a degree in Psychology.
Cacki Helmer - Assistant Coach, Robert Morris University (Cornell University)
Rachael McKinnon - Assistant Coach, Robert Morris University (University of Denver)
Jenny Wirth Pawlowski - Head Coach, Wheeling & Jesuit University (Edinboro University)