A familiar face is patrolling the sidelines at Rotch Playground and Field this season alongside head women’s lacrosse coach Kat Egizi. Former Emerson player Kate Lemire was hired as an assistant coach after graduating last spring.
Lemire scored 24 times in a strong 2016 senior season. She served as a captain for many of the same faces that populate the Lions’ roster now. The transition from the classroom to a cubicle in the athletics’ office has been easier thanks to the attitude of returning players, Lemire said.
“They’ve kind of adapted to me being their coach instead of their friend, and really allowed me to take on that role,” Lemire said. “I think the biggest part for me was the girls accepting it, which helped me accept it.”
Lemire said she functioned as a teacher and mentor throughout her career on various teams, and felt it was rewarding. Egizi lauded Lemire’s work ethic in an interview with the Beacon last March.
Egizi said Lemire has been an especially valuable recruiter because of how recently her playing career at Emerson ended. Matt Ulrich, an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team, also attended Emerson prior to returning to the college as a coach and director of media relations and game operations.
Lemire said her familiarity with the college allows her to determine which prospective athletes would fit the team’s culture, and better answer questions recruits may have about the school’s academic or athletic programs.
“Some girls are extremely comforted when I’ve also had all of the experience,” Lemire said. “And they can just ask me those questions right on the spot.”