Kate Goupee enters her sixth season as the Husson women’s indoor track & field head coach in 2018-19 and her seventh year on the coaching staff.
She also serves as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and head men’s indoor track & field coach and head men's & women's outdoor track & field coach.
The second head coach in the Eagles’ women’s track & field history, Goupee was promoted as the program’s full-time head coach in May of 2014 after serving as a assistant coach for one year (2012-13) under inaugural head coach Chris Wood, coaching the distance runners, before being promoted to tri-interim head track & field coach in 2013-14.
During Goupee’s tenure with the Eagles, Husson has had 55 All-Conference performances, including 15 in the 2017-18 season alone. Goupee, three-time North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year (2018, 2017, 2015), has mentored three New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) qualifiers, 56 New England DIII qualifiers. She has also coached 33 NAC champions, two Conference Track Athletes of the Years, two Conference Field Athletes of the Years, two Conference Rookie of the Years, and one Conference Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. There has been countless school records that have fallen with more than 100 marks added to the program’s top-10 list, while leading her outdoor program to two NAC Championships in 2015 and 2018.
Since Coach Goupee join the track & field program back in 2012, the women’s indoor and outdoor squads has been named a USTFCCA Division III All-Academic team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). To be eligible for the All-Academic a team must hold a 3.31 cumulative team GPA or higher.
This past season, Goupee led her indoor squad to an unprecedented year in 2017-18, as the Eagles claim numerous personal and school records and top-10 performances throughout the season, while spending six students-athletes to the New England Division III Indoor Championship for the third straight season, which saw Leah Desjardins become the first Eagle in program history to qualify and compete in three different events.
2016-17: Goupee witnessed a banner year in 2016-17 as the Eagles added 32 new marks to the indoor track & field all-time top-10 lists, along with four school indoor records. The Eagles had six student-athletes qualify for the New England Division III Indoor Championship for the second straight season. Erin Ellison did become the first Eagle in program history to qualify and compete in back-to-back NEICAAA Indoor Championship meets.
2015-16: The Eagles women’s indoor track & field team capped off their 2015-16 season with a historical weekend at the 2016 New England Division III Indoor Championship meet. Husson finished in 21st place out of the 31 teams who scored points, setting the program’s New England Indoor Championship points’ record with six points, which marked the first time in program history that the HU women’s indoor track & field team had scored points in this meet. The Eagles had six student-athletes qualify for the New England Championships, setting a new program standard, while Erin Ellison became the first Eagle in program history to finish in the top three in a single-event after throwing a personal best and school record mark of 15.74 meters in the finals of the weight throw en-route to earning her first and the programs’ first All-New England distinction with the performance. Ellison also became the first Eagle in program history to compete at the NEICAAA Indoor Championship meet and qualify for finals, finishing ninth in the weight throw with a distance of 15.57 meters.
2014-15: Goupee’s second indoor season (2014-15) saw the Eagles set or broke eight school records and send a school record three student-athletes to the 2015 New England Division III Indoor Championship meet. The Eagles were led by Brooke Hoople, who placed 10th in the 200 meters with a school record time of 26.64, Kelly Kashian, who tied for 10th in the high jump with a leap of 4-11.00 and Kerianne Downing, who took ninth in the pentathlon with 2,769 points, which was nearly 100 points better than her school-record mark. This marked the first time in program history that the Eagles had three student-athletes finish in the top-10 at the championship meet.
2013-14: In her first indoor season (2013-14) and the program’s second season as a varsity sport, saw the Eagles contiuned to build on their success from their inaugural season with numerous strong finishes, which included seeing Courtney Lizotte become the first Eagle in program history to represent Husson at the New England Division III Indoor Championship.
Before coming to Husson in the fall of 2012, Goupee spent four seasons as the head cross country coach at Mount Desert Island High School from 2006-09 after being the assistant coach for the previous two seasons.
Goupee was awarded the Maine Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Class B Coach of the Year in 2006, the Portland Press Herald State of Maine Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006, as well as the Penobscot Valley Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008.
Goupee was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s cross country team at University of Maine at Farmington from 1999-2002. She earned All-Conference and NAIA All-Region accolades in four straight seasons from 1999-2002, including back-to-back Conference and NAIA Region 10 Runner of the Year honors in 2001 and 2002.
The three-time captain was the 2001 Maine Intercollegiate State Championship individual runner-up and a NAIA National Championship qualifier for three seasons from 2000-02, earning NAIA All-American honors with a 21st place finish at the 2002 NAIA National Championship. Off the course, Goupee was named a NAIA Academic All-American in 2001 and 2002.
The Dedham, Maine, native attended Brewer High School and lettered in cross country from 1995-98 and was a member of three Class A State Championship teams.
Kate and her husband, Andy, have one daughter, Belle.