CHAMPIONSHIPS (2): 2015 (NAC), 2018 (NAC)
COACH OF THE YEAR (3): 2015 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2018 (NAC)
Kate Goupee enters her sixth season as the Husson women’s outdoor track & field head coach and her seventh year on the coaching staff in 2019, working primarily with the distance runners. She also serves as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and head men’s & women's indoor track & field coach and head men'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.
The 2018 outdoor season saw the Eagles return to the top of the league by claiming their second NAC Championship Title this season after scoring 207 points (most in program history), 40 points more than the runner up. The fifth-year mentor saw her student-athletes score first-place points in eight events and second-place points in seven events, while her team scored points in 17 out of the 19 total events. Notably, three of Goupee’s Eagles, Leah Desjardins (Track Athlete of the Year), Faith Burnett (Field Athlete of the Year) and Allison Kondracki (Rookie of the Year) earned NAC Track & Field major honors this season, while Coach Goupee claimed her third NAC Coach of the Year honor.
2017: Goupee witnessed a banner year in 2017 as the Eagles added 37 new marks to the outdoor track & field all-time top-10 lists, along with seven school records. The Eagles finished as NAC Runner-up for the second straight season, falling to Conference Champion Colby-Sawyer by a half of a point at the 2017 NAC Outdoor Championship. Husson record 36 top-six finishes, led by victories from Leah Desjardins, Brooke Hoople, Paige Rainford, Kerianne Downing, Jessisa Dessert, and Erin Ellison, including winning both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The outdoor squad had six student-athletes qualify for the 2017 New England Division III Championship.
Following the outdoor season, the Eagles dominated the All-Conference honors with 15 selections and by stealing the spotlight by earning every single major conference award, Brooke Hoople was named the Track Athlete of the Year, Erin Ellison earned Field Athlete of Year, Leah Desjardins was tabbed the Rooke of the Year, Kerianne Downing was recoginzied for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Coach Goupee was named Co-Coach of the Year with Colby-Sawyer’s Lyndsay Ostler and four student-athletes were named to the NAC All-Academic team.
2016: In 2016, Goupee led the women’s outdoor track & field program to a runner-up finish at the 2016 NAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, while obliterated the program’s NAC Championship points’ record with 186 points, which previously stood at 91.5 points (2015). The Eagles record 33 top-six finishes, led by victories from Brooke Hoople, Kerianne Downing, Paige Rainford, Jaclyn MacDonald, Casey Modery, Erin Ellison, including winning both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Her squad also finished 24th at the 2016 New England Division III Outdoor Championship, resulting in the program’s best team finish at the meet. Four Eagles competed in the New England Championship meet which saw Kerianne Downing earn her second straight All-New England honor in the Heptathlon and Erin Ellison in the Hammer Throw. This mark the first time since 2014 that Husson captured two or more All-New England honors.
Following the season, Goupee’s squad earned 18 All-Conference selections and eight student-athletes were named to the NAC All-Academic team, while Erin Ellison became the first Eagle in program history to earn U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-New England honors in the Hammer Throw. Ellison also collected USTFCCA All-Academic accolades as well.
2015: Goupee led the Eagles to an unprecedented year in 2015, as she was named the first NAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year after her squad won the inaugural NAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field title, resulting in the first meet win in program history, which included eight individual champions and one team champion in the 4x100 meter relay. Six Eagles competed in the New England Division III Outdoor Championship with Kerriane Downing earning the program’s fifth All-New England honor and three in the ECAC Division III Track & Field Championship. In the classroom, Husson had nine student-athletes earn NAC All-Academic honors.
2014: The 2014 season the first under the watchful eye of Coach Goupee saw a record-number of eight student-athletes compete at the 2015 New England Division III Outdoor Championship meet, including three Eagles who captured All-New England honors, Sarah LaPlante in Javelin Throw, Brooke Hoople in the 400 Meter Dash and Chrissy Larrabee in the 800 Meter Run. This marked the first time in program history that the Eagles had three student-athletes earn All-New England honors, while Sarah LaPlante became the first Eagle to earn two All-New England honors in their collegiate career.
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.