Katie Chrest joined the Columbia women's lacrosse program in 2011 as an assistant coach.
Since her arrival to New York, Chrest has served as offensive specialist for the Lions. She has coached one of the best offensive players in program history in Kacie Johnson '13CC, who holds the Columbia career and season records in all offensive categories.
Chrest came to Columbia after serving a year as an assistant coach for the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse program. At Loyola she captured the 2011 Big East Championship behind a 17-3 overall season record.
As a player she started for four years as a member of the Duke women's lacrosse team. She became the Blue Devils' all-time leading scorer, two time ACC player of the year, and a three time All-American honoree.
She was also named the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse Attacker of the Year in 2005 as well as the Duke Co-Female Athlete of the Year and went on to receive the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the nation's top lacrosse player.
As a member of the championship-winning 2009 U.S. Women's World Cup Team, Chrest spent six years in the United States national team system. She also scored two goals and two assists as the U.S. won seven games to take the 2009 World Cup.
Chrest founded Chrest Lacrosse Ventures in January of 2010, a Baltimore-based group that organizes instructional youth lacrosse camps and helps facilitate recruiting between young athletes and schools.
The Hampstead, Md. native currently resides with her husband, Ryan Erbe, in West Nyack, New York.
Chrest received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Duke in 2006.