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Kate Drohan

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Having completed her 12th season at Northwestern's helm, head coach Kate Drohan has built the program into one of the nation's best, leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Women's College World Series semifinal appearances in 2006-07. Drohan took over the 'Cats prior to the 2002 campaign after serving as an assistant under legendary head coach Sharon Drysdale for four seasons.

After 12 years, Drohan's career record of 417-228-1 gives her a .645 winning percentage -- ranking her among the active leaders in winning percentage for Division I head coaches with a minimum of five years at the DI level. In the five-year stretch from 2005-09, NU compiled a combined record of 215-77, reaching the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament four times and becoming the first private school in NCAA history to advance to the WCWS semifinals in consecutive years.

Drohan already has cemented her status as one of the best coaches in Big Ten history, joining three other conference coaches (including Drysdale) as the only coaches to ever take Big Ten schools to the WCWS. Drohan is one of two coaches to make the final pairing in Oklahoma City.

Since joining the Northwestern staff in 1998, Drohan has coached 32 NFCA All-Region selections, eight CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and 50 All-Big Ten honorees. Eight Wildcats have been selected in the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) senior draft or gone on to play in the league in the last nine years.

She joined the USA Softball Women's National Team coaching pool for the 2009-12 quadrennium. She was named the head coach of the 2010 Futures National Team, leading the squad at the 2010 World Cup of Softball. She was slated to coach the National Team at the 2011 Japan Cup before that tournament was canceled after an earthquake and tsunami decimated the host city of Sendai.

Drohan came to Evanston from Boston College, where she had served as an assistant coach for the Eagles for two seasons. There she served as assistant softball coach and assistant athletic director for facilities from 1995-97. In addition to her duties with the softball team, Drohan worked game operations and administration with the Eagles.

A much respected and sought-after clinician, Drohan has delivered lectures to players, coaches and students of the game across the country. Beyond the softball arena, the business community has shown a strong interest in the leadership tools Drohan has developed within the program, leading to speaking engagements in the management world as well.

Drohan earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Providence in May of 1995. As a member of the Providence softball team, she was named to the All-Big East team in 1992, 1994 and 1995.

To view her complete Northwestern bio, please click here.