Kat Francis joined the St. Mary's College of Maryland athletics staff as the first full-time women's lacrosse assistant coach in August of 2019. In addition to her coaching duties, Francis also serves as the assistant director of athletic communications.
Francis joins the Seahawks after a one-year term with Capital Athletic Conference competitor, Christopher Newport University. While in Newport News, Francis worked with the draw takers, goalies, and the attacking side of the ball. She was able to mentor a 2019 IWLCA All-American, five All-CAC conference honorees, and two IWLCA All-Region players.
Before working with the Captains, Francis completed her Master's in Health, Exercise, and Sports Science at The Citadel Graduate College. While completing her Master's, Francis started a Varsity Lacrosse program at James Island Charter High School and coached for local club lacrosse programs.
Prior to her time in Charleston, Francis earned a Bachelor's in Athletic Training and played four years of lacrosse at Lynchburg College. During her time with the Hornets, Francis earned All-ODAC honors four years in a row, was named ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2013 and held the program's record for draw controls at the time of her graduation in 2016.