Katie Hagan enters her 7th year as head women's lacrosse coach at Ursinus College. At Ursinus, she has coached multiple All-Conference players including the 2016 Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year. The Bears were named an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad for the fourth consecutive year.
Prior to Ursinus, Hagan was an assistant at her alma mater Gettysburg College. She was responsible for helping with the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice planning, evaluation of student athletes, game day prep as well as charting academic progress. The program made three appearances in the NCAA Division III Semifinals, including a national championship in 2011.
As a player, Hagan was a two-time captain as the Bullets won three Centennial Conference Championships from 2004 to 2006. She was the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 2007, as the team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals after appearing in the title game the year before. In 2007, she was a first-team All-Centennial selection in addition to being a first-team All-American at midfield by the IWLCA.
Away from the field, she has been heavily involved in the Snell-Shillingford Symposium, which is designed to encourage female student-athletes from all 11 Centennial schools to find creative ways to pursue their passion for athletics after graduation.
Hagan is a 2007 graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in business management with a minor in religion. She earned her master's degree in exercise science and physical education with a concentration in sports administration from McDaniel College in 2011.
Hagan was a three sport athlete at Cardinal O’Hara and resides in her hometown of Media, Pa.
Ursinus boasts one of the most successful Division III women’s lacrosse programs in the country. The Bears won national championships in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989 and 1990, advanced to the Division III Final Four in 1996, and captured Centennial Conference titles in 1996, 1999 and 2001.
Ursinus has won more games than any other collegiate women’s lacrosse program in the country.
Sarah Cullinan Kropp is in her 4th season as an assistant coach at Ursinus and works primarily with the team’s offensive unit.
Cullinan, a 2011 graduate of Elizabethtown College, was a four-year star for the Blue Jays at the midfielder and attack positions. She was a two-time All-Region player and a two-year captain, and was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in 2011 on the way to earning first team IWLCA All-American status.
Cullinan completed her master's degree in Sports Management from Millersville University in 2013. She served as an assistant at Elizabethtown for two seasons, and was an assistant at Franklin & Marshall for a year before arriving at Ursinus.
Cullinan was recently married to Tom Kropp and resides in West Chester, PA.
Fran Knebels enters his 19th season as an assistant coach at Ursinus. A 1996 graduate of UC, Knebels began working with the goalkeepers back in 2000 and was part of the 2001 coaching staff and team that won the Centennial Conference title. Many goalkeepers have thrived under Coach Knebels’ tutelage including three time 1st team All-CC and All-Region Ally Shicora ‘08 and 1st team All-CC and All-Region Maggie Philbin ’16.
Coach Knebels resides in Collegeville, Pa with his wife Diane and two kids Connor and Kathryn.
Kitty Dawson ’15 returns to Ursinus for her 1st season as an assistant coach for the Bears. As a player, Dawson was a four year starter, two year captain and two time all-centennial and all-region selection. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from McDaniel College while serving as a graduate assistant with the women’s lacrosse team.