|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Katie Lachapelle is in her second season as the associate head women’s ice hockey coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2018-2019. She is heavily involved in all facets of the program, including recruiting, skill instruction and preparation for practices and competitions.
In 2018-2019, she has been crucial to the team's transition into Hockey East, the preeminent conference in Division I. Highlights from the year include the program's first win over a top-five ranked team, a 5-3 come-from-behind victory on Nov. 30 over then-No. 5 Northeastern.
During Lachapelle's first season on the Crusaders' bench she helped guide the team to a 16-9-3 record and its 14th-straight postseason appearance. Senior Kara Violette was named the NEWHA Player of the Year, junior Tori Messina earned the Defender of the Year, freshmen Antonia Matzka and Julia Pelletier earned spots on the All-Rookie Team, and Kelsey Goostrey was named to the All-Sportswomanship Team.
Lachapelle came to Holy Cross after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach at perennial national power Boston University from 2008-2017. She helped guide the Terriers to five Hockey East titles and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the national title game in 2011 and 2013. In 2013, she received the Women’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association.
On April 18, 2013, Lachapelle was named an assistant coach of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team, a post she has held ever since. She has held numerous coaching positions throughout the U.S. Women’s National Team organization since then and has helped lead Team USA to three-straight gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship, most recently in 2017 in the Czech Republic. She also won gold in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2015, and again in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, in 2016. In addition, Lachapelle has coached at USA Hockey camps for several years, helping at various Girls’ Select 14, 15 and 16 Player Development Camps and most recently at the 2018 USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp.
Prior to her time at Boston University, Lachapelle spent four years as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 2004-2008, with the Buckeyes going 67-65-15 during her tenure. She previously served as an assistant coach at Niagara for three years from 2001-2004, with the Purple Eagles posting a 49-49-8 overall record and advancing to the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four. Lachapelle began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Union for two seasons from 1999-2001.
Lachapelle is a 1999 graduate of Providence with a bachelor’s degree in social science. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Friars, serving as a team captain and being selected to the 1997 ECAC All-Star team.