Katie Powell joined the Irish coaching staff in the summer of 2013 after three seasons at James Madison (2011-13) as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator. While with the Dukes, Powell helped JMU win the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Championship to secure an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship. She helped mentor four all-CAA defenders, including Cally Chakrian, who twice earned a spot on the IWLCA All-South second team and was named the 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2007 George Mason alum helped the Dukes' defense rank in the top 30 nationally for scoring defenses in all three seasons, including a No. 9 ranking during the aforementioned 2011 season. In addition to her on-the-field coaching duties, Powell was the recruiting coordinator, the director of camps, clinics and fundraising and planned the travel for the team during the season among many other tasks.
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to join the University of Notre Dame and the women's lacrosse program," said Powell. "It's a privilege to be affiliated with such a prestigious institution. I am anxious for our players to return to campus so we can start our journey towards accomplishing our goals on and off the field. Collectively, our staff's experience and chemistry will prepare our players to make an immediate impact within the ACC. I look forward to consistently competing for conference and national titles at Notre Dame."
Before coming to James Madison, Powell spent three seasons at Boston University (2008-10) as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator. While in Boston, Powell helped the Terriers to three America East championships and three appearances in the NCAA Championship. She coached four all-conference performers, three IWLCA All-North Region players in Rachel Collins, Corcoran Downey and Kelly Munroe and a developmental participant on the U.S. National Team in Munroe.
Similar to JMU, Powell coached the defense to impressive national rankings as all three squads were ranked in the top 20 for scoring defense, including a high of No. 8 in 2008. Powell also played a key role in the program's recruiting and camps and clinics.
"Katie Powell joins the Notre Dame staff as one of the most experienced young assistants to come to South Bend in the history of our program as she has six years of Division I coaching experience after four years of playing at George Mason," said head coach Christine Halfpenny. "She is a proven winner as seen by her team's success at both BU and JMU. Katie has strong communication skills and brings high IQ to the defensive end. Her ability to scout opponents and assist in devising game plans will be advantageous to the program. We look forward to orienting her to our defensive style of play and are confident that she will make an immediate impact on our future success."
As a four-year student-athlete at George Mason, Powell started 59 of 60 games for the Patriots at defense, totaling 104 ground balls and 93 caused turnovers in her career. A standout in the classroom, Powell earned a spot on the IWLCA National Academic Honor Roll twice before graduating in the spring of 2007 with a degree in government and international politics.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., the former Katie Linnertz married Brian Powell in August, 2013. The couple welcomed their first son, Cooper, in December, 2014.