Tuesday, June 25th, 2024

Kate Corcoran named Millersville University Director of Athletics

She will officially begin as director of athletics this summer.

After a nationwide search, Millersville University announced today that Kate Corcoran will be the next director of athletics. Corcoran comes to the ‘Ville from Cabrini University, where she served as vice president of athletics and student engagement.

“Kate’s leadership experience in the areas of athletics and student engagement will benefit our student-athletes,” said Dr. Gail Gasparich, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Millersville. “Having an equal commitment to our students’ athletic endeavors and academic experiences will ensure our students benefit from all aspects of their college experience at Millersville University.”

At Cabrini, Corcoran provided leadership in the areas of the student-athlete experience including residence life, student engagement and leadership, counseling and psychological services and health services. She also designed, implemented, managed and evaluated Cabrini’s 18 intercollegiate athletics programs and oversaw the budget.

“I am excited and grateful to be joining Millersville University and leading Millersville Athletics,” said Corcoran. “My sincere thanks to President Wubah, Dr. Gasparich, Dr. Lynn Marquez and the entire search committee for trusting me with this role. Throughout the entire process, I was very impressed by the student-athletes, staff, coaches, and individuals I met at Millersville. Their commitment to each other, the student-athletes, and the passion they have for Millersville Athletics was palpable. I am excited to join the Marauder community and look forward to the journey working with the coaches and staff to provide a quality and successful student athlete experience.”

Corcoran has been with Cabrini since 2016, when she started as senior associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator. In 2021, she was named director of athletics and recreation and became vice president of athletics and student engagement in 2022. During her time at Cabrini, the men’s lacrosse program won the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship, and the department totaled 41 CSAC and Atlantic East Conference championships in six years. Eleven programs reached NCAA Tournament play. She successfully raised funds for several facility enhancement projects, and she launched the department’s first week of giving that has since topped its goal in each of the last three years. She has also served on numerous NCAA committees.

“We will look to provide a quality student-athlete experience that includes striving for competitive and academic excellence,” said Corcoran. “Millersville Athletics is positioned to be successful not only in the PSAC but regionally and nationally, and my focus will be to further build on the success the Marauder community has achieved. The experience we provide will prepare our student-athletes for life after Millersville and set them up to be successful in their chosen career path.

“As the director of athletics, I plan to be very visible and collaborative not only with our coaches, staff and student-athletes but across the entire campus as well,” said Corcoran. “I believe it is important to listen and interact with the community so we can better serve our student-athletes as we strive to push our department forward.”

Before Cabrini, Corcoran was the assistant director of athletics at Rosemont College and before that was the senior women’s administrator, compliance officer and sports information director for Penn State University, Berks Campus. She started her career in collegiate sports as a basketball coach at Ursinus and later at Cabrini. Corcoran was a standout basketball player at DeSales University and a member of both the DeSales University and Middle Atlantic Conference halls of fame.

Corcoran earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management/business administration from DeSales University and a master’s degree in business administration from Rosemont College.

Corcoran will continue to direct Cabrini through the remainder of the athletic year and will officially begin as director of athletics at Millersville in the summer of 2024. Millersville Associate Director of Athletics Larry Earnesty will continue to serve as Millersville’s interim director of athletics during that time.

“I want to personally thank Larry for graciously serving as our interim director of athletics,” said Gasparich. “Larry is an outstanding asset to the University.”

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