UChicago women's lacrosse launched a new era with the hiring of Kate Robinson as the program's first head coach in May 2017.
UChicago's newest varsity program is set to begin competition with Robinson at the helm in spring 2019. Women's lacrosse will become the school's 20th intercollegiate sport.
Robinson began her coaching career at Whitman, which competes at the NCAA Division III level within the Northwest Conference. She was also that program's first head coach as the Blues moved from club to varsity status under her guidance. Over her three years, Whitman doubled its win totals in each subsequent season. After posting two victories in 2015 and four in 2016, Robinson's squad peaked with a 9-6 record in 2017. The Blues also took second place in the NWC with a 6-2 conference record.
The continued ascent in the win column helped Robinson earn recognition as the NWC Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Her teams produced 12 All-NWC players during her tenure, including five this past season. Sophomore Lindsay Schwartz was named the NWC Player of the Year and Mary Noyes garnered NWC Freshman of the Year accolades. Schwartz was also picked as a First Team All-Region honoree by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Before her arrival at Whitman, Robinson spent two years as assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology and one year as graduate assistant coach at her alma mater, The Catholic University of America.
Robinson was a record-setting lacrosse player for Catholic as an undergraduate and pulled in three All-American honors in the process. She was a four-time All-Region selection and a two-time Landmark Conference Player of the Year. Robinson ranks as Catholic's career leader in goals (268) and points (383), while also holding single-season records for goals (91), assists (44), points (121) and caused turnovers (45). Additionally, she was a two-time team captain on the basketball team.
Randy Vite joins the Maroons in 2017-18 after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at nearby Aurora University.
There, she helped the Spartans compile a 15-7 mark in the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference in two years.
Vite’s main responsibilities included assistance with recruiting, monitoring academic progress, video breakdown and analysis, team travel, community service projects and prospective student-athlete camps and clinics.
Prior to Aurora, Vite spent one season at Colorado State University-Pueblo as an assistant coach for the NCAA Division II ThunderWolves. During her two years in Colorado, she also served as an assistant coach at Pueblo West High School for a season while she worked for Teach for America, working as a Special Education teacher at nearby Risely Middle School International Academy of Innovation.
More recently, Vite also served as a varsity assistant for St. Charles High School (Ill.) for two seasons and coached high school girls club lacrosse for Players 360. She also had a stint as as the River City Youth Club Director.
As a player, Vite was a four-year letter winner and one-year team captain on the women's lacrosse team at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. During her four years at Kutztown, Vite garnered numerous accolades, including a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team nod as well as a Scholar Athlete award.
Vite concluded her career with the Golden Bears as the program's all-time leader in ground balls (200) and games played (68). Vite ranks second in Kutztown's career record book in both caused turnovers (77) and games started (62) and sixth in career draw controls (55).
Vite graduated from Kutztown with a bachelor's degree in education. She majored in both special education and elementary education with a concentration in math and science.