Phillips Leaves RMU; Katrina Silva Named New Head Coach

Moon Township, Pa. - Dec. 7, 2017 - Robert Morris director of athletics Craig Coleman, MD, announced today that Katrina Silva has been named head coach of the women's lacrosse program. Silva replaces Katy Phillips, who was the first head coach in program history.

Silva is currently in her seventh season with the Robert Morris University women's lacrosse program. Silva has been with the Colonials as an assistant coach for five seasons, from 2013-2017, and served as a volunteer assistant with the program during the 2012 season.

"We are very excited for the next chapter of our women's lacrosse program. We're very grateful to the outstanding leadership provided for so long by Coach Phillips, and feel very confident that Coach Silva has what it takes to keep that momentum moving in the right direction."

During Silva's tenure with Robert Morris, the Colonials have found increasing success. RMU is coming off the program's fourth consecutive winning season, making a trip to the NEC tournament in each of those seasons.

"I'm excited for this new role as head coach of the program and would like to thank the Dr. Coleman and the athletic administration for the opportunity," said Silva.

"Having been with the program for seven years, I'm honored to have the chance to continue to work with these student-athletes in pursuing our goal of a Northeast Conference championship," said Silva.

In her four years as the head coach at Virginia Tech, Silva helped guide the program to ACC Tournament appearances in all four seasons and led the program its first ever win in ACC play.

Before her time with the Hokies, Silva served as the head coach at Colgate University for seven years. During her tenure with the Raiders, Silva led the team to an overall record of 67-57 that included two trips to the NCAA Tournament, two Patriot League Tournament titles, and three Patriot League Regular Season titles. Silva was a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year for her efforts leading a program that produced four Regional All-Americans under her watch.

A three-year letter winner as a student-athlete at Towson State University, Silva served as the starting goaltender for their nationally ranked team. Silva still sits in the record books holding top-10 spots for career saves and save percentage.

Phillips, who has accepted a position in athletic administration outside of the University, coached the Colonials from its inaugural season, to a 95-119 overall record. RMU posted its highest win totals under Phillips in 2014 and 2017 with 11 victories in each of those campaigns.

"I'd like to thank the University and the athletic administration at Robert Morris for the opportunity to serve as coach of the Colonials for the past 14 years, and wish the 2018 team the best of luck," said Phillips.

Robert Morris is coming off four consecutive appearances in the NEC semifinals and has held a record of .500 or better in each of the last five seasons.

The Colonials will open the 2018 slate at home against Bucknell on February 10th before traveling across town to face city rival Duquesne on February 17th.

2017-12-07



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