Field hockey's Katie Fost lands head coaching position with York College

After spending two years at Bates as an assistant coach, Katie Fost is the new head field hockey coach at York College. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)  

LEWISTON, Maine -- After helping head coach Danielle Ryder lead the Bates field hockey team to its best season so far this century in 2016, assistant coach Katie Fost is moving up in the coaching world. 

Fost is the new head field hockey coach at York College. She inherits a program that finished 13-6 in 2016. Fost becomes the ninth head coach in York field hockey history, which dates back to 1968. 

Fost's first year as an assistant coach at Bates came in 2015. That year she helped lead the Bobcats to their first appearance in the NESCAC Championships since 2010 and their most wins since 2005. Then in 2016, she helped the Bobcats finish 9-7, their most wins since 1999. It also marked the first time Bates has made the NESCAC tournament in back-to-back years. The Bobcats' four NESCAC wins were their most since 2002.   

"York has made an outstanding hire, and I could not be more proud of Katie," Ryder said. "Katie is a hardworking and talented coach who will be missed, but I am glad that her time at Bates ends with her achieving her goal of becoming a head coach. It is bittersweet to lose such an outstanding person and colleague, but I look forward to watching her excel in her career. It goes without saying that our Bobcat family wishes her tremendous success and happiness at York."

Fost graduated in 2011 with a BA of Science in Exercise Science from Salisbury University. She has two masters: Masters of Education in Athletic Administration from Goucher College '15 and a Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology from Salisbury '13.

Fost was a Graduate Assistant at Goucher for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. She also served as a USA Field Hockey Olympic Development Head Coach at the Severn School, in Severn MD in 2014. Fost coached for the Atlantic Storm Chasers, a field hockey club in MD. She is a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She has her USA Field Hockey Level II Coaching Accreditation.

During her playing career, Fost was a member of the 2009 NCAA D-III National Champions, a four-year varsity letter winner, a captain in 2010, and an Academic All-American.