Middlebury Field Hockey Coaching Staff

Katharine DeLorenzo, Head Coach

DeLorenzo enters her 17th 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 16 years, including an impressive 246-58 record. In that time, the Panthers advanced to the NCAA Championship game on five occasions with 14-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003-16). 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. 

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. The team also captured the 2003, 2012, 2013 and 2014 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.

Leslie Smith, Assistant Coach

Smith was named an assistant field hockey coach in the summer of 2016. Smith joined the staff following coaching stints at the club and junior levels.

Smith graduated from Michigan in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in general studies, focusing primarily on marketing and communications.

During her years in Ann Arbor, which included a brief stint away from the game due to medical reasons, Smith coached a local club team. She also coached the USA Field Hockey’s developmental program called Futures, an organization she once participated in herself.

Originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania, she played in the AAU Junior Olympics and was a member of the USA U-16 International Team while in high school.

As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Smith was a member of the Big Ten championship team at Michigan that claimed both the regular-season and conference tournament titles. In 2011, she appeared in 19 games, helping guide the Wolverines to the Big Ten regular-season crown.

The following year, Smith ranked second on the team in points, and was named to both the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-West Region Second Team and All-Big Ten Second Team. As a junior, she led the team in assists and during her final campaign, Smith topped the Wolverines in points, aided by a career-best 14 goals. At the conclusion of the season, Smith was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Region First Team, All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten All-Tournament Team and played in the NFHCA Senior Game.

Off the field, Smith was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team three times and tabbed a Student-Athlete Academic Scholar by the University of Michigan four times. She was field hockey’s team representative in SAAC three times and spent her last year on the SAAC Executive Board as the Marketing and Communications Chair. Smith had the honor of being selected to speak at Michigan’s 2015 Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration.

Andrea Way, Assistant Coach