Associate Head Coach
The 2020 season marks the fifth for Caitlin Fifield as a member of head coach Meredith Black's staff at Marquette University and the second as associate head coach.
In four seasons with Marquette, Fifield has taken the offense to new heights. The program has gone on to set two single-season wins records, including the first 10-win season in program history in 2018, and qualified for their first-ever BIG EAST tournament berth. The 2019 season marked the first time in program history in which MU hosted a BIG EAST Tournament game, as the No. 2-seeded Golden Eagles hosted Georgetown at Valley Fields.
Upon her arrival in 2016, the Golden Eagles increased their scoring output by 49 goals, tying a team record and setting the single-season wins mark with a 7-10 finish. In 2017, the offense made another drastic improvement with a 42-goal gain and another program record with 219 goals (12.88/game) scored. The 2018 season was no different, equating to a 25-goal improvement and 244 goals (13.56/game) scored, which ranked 26th in the nation through the end of the regular season.
Individually, Fifield has aided the growth of her attackers and playmakers overall. In 2017, Julianna Shearer set the BIG EAST record and Marquette record with 55 goals scored en route to a First Team All-BIG EAST nod and IWLCA All-Region honors.
However, that record was short-lived as Grace Gabriel bested the mark by one in 2018. She also set program records for points (67), draw controls (107) and caused turnovers (31) on her way to a slew of postseason honors, including IWLCA All-American, BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year and her second-straight first team all-league honor. Additionally, Cate Soccodato (39; school record) and Riley Hill (34) combined for 73 assists, which ranked in the top-five league-wide and top-25-nationally.
Fifield comes to Marquette following an impressive playing career at the University of Richmond and two seasons as assistant coach at Wagner College. While at Wagner, the Seahawks matched a school-record with 11 wins during the 2014 season en route to its first Northeast Conference championship game appearance.
The North Babylon, N.Y. native spent five seasons at Richmond and capped her career with one of the school’s top single-season performances in program history en route to a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection and a place on the Tewaarton Watch List as a redshirt-senior in 2013. Fifield started every game, recording 72 points, including 24 assists – both of which rank in the school’s all-time single season top-10 lists.
She finished her career fourth on the all-time list in goals (174), seventh in assists (55) and third in points (229) for the Spiders. Fifield was a two-time First Team All-A10 selection, a second team choice in 2011 and an All-Rookie Team honoree in 2009.
Also in 2009, she was a member of the Canadian National Team and earned a Top-34 roster spot in the summer of 2012. In 2016, she made it to the second round of tryouts as Team Canada looked to select its roster for the 2017 FIL World Cup held in London.
Fifield began building a solid coaching foundation while serving as a club coach and college camp counselor since 2008. Since then, she has served as head coach of the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets’ Club Team where she gained valuable experience running practices and coordinating the offense. She has also served as a youth lacrosse camp counselor at several Division I summer camps, such as Northwestern, Virginia, Maryland and Princeton.
She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Richmond and her master’s in education from Wagner.
A graduate of North Babylon High School, Fifield was a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and a two-time Academic All-American.
Fifield currently resides in Milwaukee.