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Cat Wade
Position: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Cat Wade, a former soccer goalkeeper at Oklahoma who has previous experience at Houston and Syracuse, joined the Columbia staff in July 2009 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

At Columbia, Wade will work primarily with fencing, golf, track sprinters and jumpers, archery, men’s swimming, lacrosse, volleyball, women’s tennis and field hockey.

Wade comes to Morningside Heights after spending the past year at the University of Houston, where she worked primarily with the women's swimming and track teams.  At Houston, she worked alongside the 2008-09 Conference USA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in Mark Taylor.

She also assisted with all the strength and conditioning aspects of the Houston football team's pro-day training and assisted with the women's basketball team's strength program.

Prior to joining the Houston staff, Wade spent three years as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, where she earned her Master's degree in exercise science in June 2008. 

At Syracuse, she worked in the strength and conditioning department, managing the women's soccer strength and conditioning program and assisting with all aspects of the women's basketball strength and conditioning program.  Over three seasons, she also served as a graduate assistant with the women's soccer team, training the goalkeepers while assisting in several other areas within the program.

Wade also has experience working with Texas Select Volleyball, Athletic Evolution in Boston and Strength in Motion in Syracuse.  She holds CSCS, CPR and SCCC certifications.

A four-year starter in goal and two-time captain at Oklahoma, Wade is the Sooners' record holder for goals against average, career saves, saves in a season and career shutouts.  She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.