Kathy Railey
Kathy Railey
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 443-352-4255
Email: krailey@stevenson.edu
Alma Mater: Gettysburg '91
Experience: 15th year at STE, 21st overall

With 25 years of collegiate women's lacrosse and field hockey coaching experience, Railey begins her 21st year as a head women's lacrosse coach in 2019 and her 15th at Stevenson where she also serves as an associate athletics director, and senior woman's administrator.

In 14 seasons, Railey has totaled a career record of 179-114 and is among the NCAA's active winningest coaches in Division III with a .611 winning percentage. She is 115-75 in 11 seasons with the Mustangs.

2016 saw Stevenson advance to the MAC Commonwealth title game for the third straight season and winning eight of its final 10 games en route to its eighth 10-win season in the last nine.  A total of five Mustangs earned MAC Commonwealth All-Conference honors, with Carli Bafford honored as an All-Region selection by the IWLCA.

In 2015, the Mustangs advanced to their second-straight Commonwealth Conference championship game. For the sixth-straight season, Stevenson appeared on the top-20 poll. Five players were named all-conference with three on the first team. Senior Kathryn Merrick was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

In 2014, the Mustangs finished with a 13-6 record en route to the program's first conference title and first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. Stevenson was ranked for the sixth-straight season, finishing the year at No. 19. Since 2010, the Mustangs have spent a total of 21 weeks in the national poll. Three Mustangs were named to the All-Commonwealth Conference First Team. Stevenson was one of 125 schools who earned IWLCA Division III Academic Honor Squad honors after finishing with a 3.07 team grade point average.

In 2013, Railey was named Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year as the Mustangs won a school record 16 games while posting a perfect 8-0 record in their first season in the conference. Stevenson, who rose to its highest-ever rankling in the IWLCA Coaches Poll at No. 15, had five players named to the All-Commonwealth Conference First Team, including Player of the Year Marissa Meiklejohn. Meiklejohn was also named a Third-Team All-American by Synapse Sports.

In 2012, the Mustangs finished 9-7 with an appearance in the semifinals of the CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. In its first season in the new Mustang Stadium, Stevenson finsihed 6-1 on its home turf. For the third straight season, the Mustangs were ranked in the IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll, when they were ranked No. 19 on March 6, 2012. The Mustangs had five players named to the All-CAC team and two to the IWLCA All-Region team.

Stevenson finished with a 10-7 record in 2011, finishing the year with its school-record fourth-straight 10-win season, highlighted by a 13-10 victory over No. 17 Mary Washington on April 2. As a result, the team earned the No. 2-seed while making its four-straight appearance in the CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship. The Mustangs boasted six All-CAC selections and four IWLCA All-Region selections.

Stevenson had a record-setting season in 2010, achieving the program's first-ever national ranking on March 8 and climbing as high as No. 17 on April 5. The team was ranked fourth in the NCAA Division III South Atlantic Region Poll after finishing the season with 11 wins, one shy of the school record set in 2008.

The Mustangs posted their second-straight 10-win season in 2009, marking the first time since 1998 as they finished 10-7 after winning seven of their last 10 games. Following a 2-1 start, the team was receiving votes in the IWLCA/Under Armour Division III Weekly Poll for the first time in school history on March 4.

Stevenson finished the 2008 season with seven wins in their last eight games and received the program's first-ever regional ranking when the team was ranked fifth in the final NCAA South Region poll of the season.

Railey led the Mustangs to six wins in each of her first two seasons in 2006 and 2007 after the team posted consecutive one-win seasons in 2004 and 2005.

A native of Baltimore and a 1987 graduate of Loch Raven High School, Railey returned to her hometown following six very successful seasons at Eastern Connecticut State from 2000-05. During that time, she led the Warriors to 64 wins, a Little East Conference championship in 2005 and an ECAC Division III New England Region Championship in 2002.

Railey was named Little East Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 while leading Eastern to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship before losing to eventual national champion Salisbury. The winningest coach in the history of the women's lacrosse team, she also guided the Warriors to the title game of the ECAC New England Region Championship in 2003 and 2004 as well as the Little East Conference tournament in 2002 and 2003.

Railey led ECSU to a spot in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance playoffs in her first season in 2000 before leading the Warriors to a share of the South division regular season title and its first playoff win since 1998.

In 12 seasons as a collegiate field hockey head coach, Railey totaled 79 wins. In three seasons at Stevenson from 2007-09, she totaled 21 wins while lead the team to three consective CAC Field Hockey Championship appearances. In 2008, she led the Mustangs to a school record 10 wins and an appearance in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Railey is also the winningest coach in the history of the field hockey team at Eastern Connecticut, totaling 39 wins from 2000-05, including a school record 11 wins in 2001.

Prior to Eastern Connecticut, Railey was the head field hockey coach at Goucher for two seasons in 1998 and 1999 after spending three years at Mount Carmel High School as the director of physical education.

While at Mount Carmel, Railey was also the head field hockey coach and assistant girls' lacrosse coach at Loch Raven where she was a part of two state semifinalists in lacrosse and one in field hockey.

From 1991-93, Railey was an assistant women's lacrosse and field hockey coach for three seasons at McDaniel before serving as the head field hockey coach in 1993 and 1994.

Railey is a 1991 graduate of Gettysburg with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. She was a four-year letterwinner and team captain in both field hockey and lacrosse for the Bullets from 1987-91. She later received a master's degree in liberal arts with a concentration in physical education from McDaniel in 1993.

Railey was inducted into the US Lacrosse/Greater Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2007 and is a member of the United States Lacrosse Association and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. 

A member of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee from 2005-2011, Railey served as a member of the NCAA Division III Regional Advisory Committee for both women's lacrosse and field hockey, a member of the IWLCA All-American Committee, the Committee Chair for the IWLCA Bylaws, an inaugural member of the IWLCA Rules, Safety, and Game Administration Committee, and an inaugural member of the Independent Review Bound for Collegiate Assigning and National Observation Program.