Spring on the York College campus

Coaches Profile: Kate Fost

By George Chaffin '18
Katie Fost

Katie Fost is in her first season at the helm of the women's field hockey squad. And she is succeeding spectacularly! After putting up a valiant fight against the Salisbury Seagulls in the championship game, but losing 3-2 in overtime, the team's record is 12-6. Fost played field hockey at Salisbury University and had a successful playing career. During her tenure as a player, the team won three CAC titles as well as the national championship in 2009.

Upon graduating, Fost worked in Salisbury’s Sports Information Department. Her connections led her to Goucher College, where she was a graduate assistant for two years and helped to rejuvenate the field hockey program. Her success paid off, and Bates College, a private school in Lewiston, ME, hired her in 2015. She helped Bates transform from a perennial losing team to one of the best teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference­. York came calling at the end of the 2016 campaign and offered her the head coaching position, which she immediately accepted.

Fost's coaching philosophy is that she wants her student-athletes to buy into what she is trying to teach them, not only about field hockey, but about life. She believes that successful coaches care for their players' successes and their failures, both on and off the field, as well as their players' individual achievements. She said the team’s biggest strength this season is that, "Everyone has a say. The team is able to really communicate with each other and make adjustments when needed."

Fost's mantra to her players is to always keep growing, learning, and improving. She says, "Every day we work on getting better, raising the bar. We raise the bar each day by bringing high intensity, focus, energy, and determination to everything we do." Her target this season is to help her players achieve their goals in any way she can. In addition, she aims to forge a relationship between York field hockey and the local community.

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