Harvard field hockey head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden named Kaitlyn Perrelle an assistant coach prior to the 2012 season. Perrelle joined the Crimson coaching staff after serving as an assistant field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach for Lafayette College. She will be entering her fifth year with Harvard in 2016.
Perrelle has proven to be a significant leader for the Crimson, as the program has seen its successes pile up since she joined the coaching staff. In just her second year in 2013, the Crimson improved five wins to post an 8-9 record. The improvement continued in 2014, as Harvard played its way to a 10-7, 4-3 Ivy League record. The 10 wins were the most for the program since 2004 and the 4-3 conference finish was the first above .500 against League foes since 2007. The winning ways continued in 2015 with a 9-8 record, marking the first back-to-back winning seasons for the Crimson since 2003 and 2004.
In four seasons on the sidelines, Perrelle has coached 15 All-Ivy League selections, including first team selections Kyla Cordrey '17 (2014) and Elizabeth Jacobson '16 (2015). Cordrey has also twice been selected to the NFHCA All-Northeast Region second team, joining 2013 honoree Marissa Balleza '17 and Jacobson in 2015.
Perrelle helped coach the Lafayette field hockey team to its first Patriot League Championship since 2002 and an appearance in the NCAA play-in game last season. The Leopards led the conference with four first team All-Patriot League selections, including the Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, in addition to receiving one second-team nod. Two Leopards collected all-region accolades and nine were placed on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Perrelle was previously the head coach of the Walter Panas High School varsity team and an assistant for the Futures Field Hockey program.
A 2010 graduate of Princeton University, Perrelle started all 74 games she played in. She led the Tigers to four Ivy League championships and a Final Four appearance in 2009. Perrelle was a first team All-Ivy League selection in 2009 and garnered both Ivy League Rookie of the Year and second team All-Ivy honors in 2006. She was also a goalie on the women’s lacrosse team.
Perrelle played on the USA Field Hockey U21 National Team from 2007-09 and won a gold medal in the 2008 Junior Pan-American games.