Caitlyn McFadden, two-time ACC Player of the Year and 2010 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, was named assistant lacrosse coach at the University of Florida, on July 27, 2010.
In 2011, McFadden shared the offensive duties with fellow U.S. Women’s National team member Erica LaGrow, developing the Gators into one of the most potent offenses in the country. Florida averaged 13.45 goals per game behind IWLCA First Team All-American and ALC Player of the Year, Kitty Cullen. Cullen, with McFadden and LaGrow’s influence, went from scoring 1.72 goals per game (37 total) in 2010 to 3.85 goals per game (77 total) in 2011.
McFadden had a highly decorated career with the 2010 NCAA Champion Maryland Terrapins. In her senior season, she was named the Tewaaraton Award Winner and Honda Sports Award Winner (and was a finalist for both awards in 2009), the ACC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP (also won both conference awards in 2009), IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year, and the Suzanne Tyler Award winner, which is awarded to the University of Maryland Female Athlete of the Year. She was also a two-time IWLCA First-Team All-American in her final two years as a Terp and IWLCA Second-Team All-American in her sophomore year.
McFadden served as the captain for the Terrapins in her junior and senior seasons. She is also a member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse National Team, having won a gold medal at the 2009 FIL World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.
McFadden found the perfect balance of athletic and academic success in her time at Maryland, being named the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year in her junior and senior seasons, and the University of Maryland Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in her senior season. She was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team, ACC Honor Roll, and the University of Maryland Dean’s List each of her years at Maryland.
McFadden has been honing her coaching abilities every summer since 2007, working as an instructor for Elevate Lacrosse Camps and Maximum Exposure Lacrosse Camps. She also conducts camps along with her National Team cohorts across the country, teaching youth about lacrosse and the National Team.
The Phoenix, Md., native finished her career with 149 goals and 110 assists for 259 total points. McFadden left the Terrapins as the sixth-leading scorer in program history, having started every game of her collegiate career.
Caitlin McFadden File
Position: University of Florida Assistant Coach
Education: Bachelor’s of science degree - kinesiology, University of Maryland (2010)
- Midfield, University of Maryland (2007-2010)
- United States Women’s National team (2007-present)
- Elevate Lacrosse Camps (2007-2009)
- Maximum Exposure Lacrosse Camps (2008-2009)