Katrina Dowd was named the second head coach in Oregon lacrosse history on June 15, 2016, bringing with her elite credentials as one of the best players in women’s lacrosse history and a championship coach.
Dowd joined the Ducks after spending four seasons at North Carolina as the offensive coordinator and draw specialist coach, helping lead the Tar Heels the their first ever national title in 2013 and a second title in 2016. With Dowd at the helm of the offense, the Tar Heels ranked No. 5 in the nation in scoring with 13.59 goals per game in 2016, and No. 8 in draw controls per game with 13.41.
As a player, Dowd is cemented as one of the top offensive players in international lacrosse history, scoring a World Cup record 26 goals in 2013 to lead the U.S. to a gold medal while earning All-World honors and the distinction of Best Women’s Player for 2013 by Lacrosse Magazine. Dowd was a member of the U.S. national team from 2008-14.
In her collegiate playing career, Dowd was a three-time NCAA champion at Northwestern and finished her career as the all-time NCAA Tournament leader in goals (45). Dowd claimed first-team All-American honors during her junior and senior seasons and was named the 2010 IWLCA Attacker of the Year and Tewaaraton Award finalist as a senior, finishing the season with 110 points on 77 goals and 33 assists.
After completing her collegiate career, Dowd spent one season as a volunteer assistant in 2011 with Denver, and helped Syracuse reach the NCAA finals as an assistant in 2012 before heading to North Carolina.
Dowd earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern in 2010, graduating with a B.S. in communication studies.