Three-Time All-American Katie Grant Joins Field Hockey Staff
While at Duke, Grant helped her team to four NCAA tournaments, including three National Championship game appearances. Grant made an immediate impact her first season with the Blue Devils as she was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2002. A two-time All-ACC selection, Grant was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Each of those three seasons she was also an All-American selection. In her final season, she was once again recognized by the conference, being selected as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. She holds the school records for career assists with 61 and career points with 223.
"Katie is an extremely talented forward with a strong tactical background," said Freeman. "She will be a wonderful visual aid for our athletes and with a background in education, she too will be able to communicate her ideas effectively to the team. With her offensive mindset, she will be a wonderful balance to the staff. She is on board with me to point this team in a successful direction and is aware of the dedication needed to take this program to the next level."
In addition to her impressive collegiate playing career, Grant was extremely involved with United States National Field Hockey programs. She was a member of the USA National Under-16, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 teams. In 2009 she competed with the New Jersey High Performance Team.
As a former member of the Junior National Teams, Grant represented the United States in several national and international tournaments. She has competed internationally in the Netherlands, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Spain.
"I am ecstatic about joining the Columbia Field Hockey coaching staff!" said Grant. "Having the opportunity to share my passion for the sport with these talented, motivated, and bright young women is a dream come true. I am looking forward to working with the supportive athletic administration, and especially Marybeth. Her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm is unlike any other, and I am genuinely excited to work with her in building tradition and success within the Columbia Field Hockey program."
Grant has served as a physical education teacher at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, N.J. since 2007. In addition to teaching students from preschool through the 12th grade, Grant has served as the head field hockey coach, compiling a career record of 50-3-13. Her team was the Patriot Conference Champions all three years, New Jersey State Prep Champions in 2007, and runners-up in 2009.