Middlebury Field Hockey Coaching Staff

Katharine DeLorenzo, Head Coach

DeLorenzo enters her 18th season as the head coach of the Panther field hockey program. She came to Middlebury after serving as the head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Skidmore for the previous six seasons.

DeLorenzo has led the Panthers to tremendous successes during her 17 years, including an impressive 266-60 record. In that time, the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Championship game on six occasions with 15-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003-17). During the 2015 season, she guided the Panthers to the program's second NCAA Championship (1998) with a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin in Lexington, Virginia. Last fall, DeLorenzo and the Panthers claimed the program's second NCAA Championship in the last three seasons and the third overall with a 4-0 win against Messiah in Louisville, Kentucky. 

She earned New England Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004, while being deemed the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2015. DeLorenzo and her coaching staff were named the 2017 NFHCA Coaching Staff of the Year. In 2012 and 2017, she was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year. The team also captured the 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 NESCAC titles.

DeLorenzo graduated from Goucher College in 1990, where she was an All-American field hockey and lacrosse player as well as a swimmer. She was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in the spring of 2013.

Following graduation, she attended Indiana State University where she earned her master's degree in athletic administration in 1992. While at Indiana State, she began her coaching career with a two-year stint as an assistant field hockey coach for DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In 1991, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament. After receiving her master's degree, DeLorenzo took a position at Oberlin College in Ohio as the head field hockey and lacrosse coach in the fall of 1992, becoming an assistant athletic director during her third and final year.

DeLorenzo began working at Skidmore College in the fall of 1995 as the head field hockey and lacrosse coach. She led the field hockey team to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999 and was named the UCAA (Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association) Coach of the Year in both of those seasons. She earned a six-year record of 69-37 at Skidmore, including a school-record 18 wins in 1999 when she was named the NFCAA Regional Coach of the Year. That season, her team also captured the UCAA Championship.

She is an active member of several field hockey national committees, including stints with several rules committees, such as the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) National Rules Committee, on which she currently serves. DeLorenzo directs clinics on Middlebury's campus throughout the year. She is also the director of two Nike field hockey camps as well as being involved with the USFHA (United States Field Hockey Association) Futures Program.

Rachel Palumbo, Assitant Coach

Palumbo is in her first year as an assistant coach for the field hockey program. She joins the Panther program after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Salisbury (Md.).

Palumbo is a 2015 graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology – exercise science with a minor in coaching education. She also obtained a master’s of education from Salisbury University in May of 2018. While at JMU, Palumbo appeared in 68 games as a defensive midfielder and recorded two game-winning overtime goals before suffering a career-ending injury prior to her senior season.

Following graduation, she served as assistant field hockey coach at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania for the 2015-16 season. During that time, Palumbo coached for the X-Calibur Field Hockey Club. She conducted individual strength and conditioning sessions that specialized in field hockey specific speed, explosiveness and agility, while also serving as the site director for USA Field Hockey Futures Site 5Y.

Palumbo was a part of the Salisbury coaching staff for the past two seasons. During her tenure, she helped guide the Sea Gulls to an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2016 and an NCAA Tournament Second-Round berth in 2017. She specialized in video analysis, strength and conditioning, recruiting as well as practice and game preparations. Palumbo coached Shore Byrds Field Hockey Club while in Maryland.

Andrea Way, Assistant Coach