Kate Goupee enters her fifth season as the Husson women’s outdoor track & field head coach and her sixth year on the staff in 2018.
She also serves as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach, the head men's and women's indoor and men's outdoor track & field coach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since Coach Goupee join the track & field program back in 2012, the women’s indoor and outdoor squads have 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 3.39 cumulative team GPA or higher.
The second head coach in the Eagles’ women’s outdoor history, Goupee was promoted as the program’s full-time head coach in May of 2014.
Goupee served as a assistant coach for one year under inaugural head coach Chris Wood, coaching the distance runners, before being promoted to tri-interim head women’s outdoor track & field coach in 2014.
Before coming to Husson, Goupee served for 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 in 2004 and 2005.
Goupee was awarded the Maine Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Class B Coach of the Year in 2006, the Portland Press Harold 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 was a three-time captain and earned All-MAC honors in three straight seasons between 1999-2001, including Runner of the Year honor in 2001. Goupee was a selected to the NAIA All-Region District 10 Team all four seasons and Runner of the Year in 2001 and 2002. She was voted All-SAC and Runner of the Year in 2002.
Goupee was the Maine Collegiate State Championship runner-up in 2001 and a NAIA National Championship qualifier for three seasons from 2000-02. She was tabbed a NAIA All-American in 2002.
Off the course, Goupee was named a NAIA Academic All-American in 2001 and 2002.
Goupee earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and social science from Maine-Farmington in 2003 while graduating cum laude.
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.
She and her husband, Andy, have one daughter, Belle.