After spending nine years working with the Columbia volleyball program in a multitude of roles, Brie Katz was promoted to Head Coach in January of 2014. She spent the previous three seasons as the Lions' Associate Head Coach and prior to that she was an assistant coach for six seasons.
During her first season on the bench in 2014, the Lions went 8-15 overall and tied for sixth in the Ivy League with a 4-10 mark against Ancient Eight opponents. She also led Columbia to the program's first victory over Penn at The Palestra and coached Bailey Springer to second-team All-Ivy Leauge honors.
In 2015, the Lions went 7-16 overall and were sixth in the Ivy League with a record of 5-9. Katz also led the team to their first win over Yale in 14 years. Senior Katarina Jovicic and Junior Cassie Wes each earned Second Team All-Ivy Honors, with Wes also capturing the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Katz served three seasons as assistant coach of the Lions under Jon Wilson, after serving as the Acting Head Coach in 2007-08. Katz works with setters, handles on-court practice and game instruction, and assists with recruiting.
Katz, who graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in June of 2008, helped her 2007 squad earn an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. In May of 2008, she served as the assistant coach for a U.S. Collegiate team, which traveled to Europe to compete in a series of matches in Austria and Germany. The team, which included three players from the Ivy League, went 4-1.
Prior to her time at Columbia, Katz served as the setting coach for the Long Island Juniors Volleyball Club, coaching the setters on each of the six teams the club sponsors in 2004. Katz also participated in Long Island Volleyball’s camps and clinics for five years, instructing players ranging from sixth grade to adult.
Katz was a four-year letterwinner at Hofstra University. She led the team to the conference tournament all four years, with the team winning the championship two times and advancing to the NCAA tournament. She was twice named first team All-Conference and first team All-Tournament and in 2000, was named American East Setter of the Year. In her senior season she was honored by the National Jewish Athletic Hall of Fame as an outstanding female athlete and was voted to the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic first team All-District.
Katz graduated cum laude from Hofstra in 2003 with a degree in business administration and finance. After graduation, Katz began working for Deloitte & Touche LLP, serving the securitization transactions team as an analyst.
Katz earned her master’s in physical education and health education at Columbia’s Teacher’s College in May of 2007. She resides in Manhattan.