Katherine Simmons

National Director

I fell in love with lacrosse with I was thirteen, and my love for it continues to deepen. The roots of lacrosse are tied to community-building, playfulness, and healing, three areas that can define and strengthen culture. Lacrosse is more than just a game; for many, it is a ticket, an open door, a chance to connect and grow in a way you never knew you could.  

Katherine (Kado) Simmons brings passion, dedication, experience and creativity to coaching lacrosse, and is in her fifth year coaching lacrosse at Berkshire School, a prep school in Western MA. Kado began as an assistant varsity lacrosse coach during her first two years at the school, then left to pursue a career in health and fitness in New York City before returning to the squad in 2016 for a season serving as a fitness and recovery specialist. Now, in her second year as head coach at Berkshire, Kado continues to integrate yoga, functional strength training, and mindfulness into the program at Berkshire. She has coached tournaments and clinics with the CT Dodgers, Berkshire Attack, and Lacrosse Masters, and implements lots of new drills and concepts from these teams and other events, like the US Lacrosse Convention. She believes firmly in growing the game, and via her role as Assistant Director of Admission at Berkshire, works closely with the coaches, mentors, and players from Harlem Lacrosse. Berkshire will be home to two HL players next year! She also volunteers for the WNEPSLA Class B Tournament Committee, which is organizing the inaugural tournament this season. Her hard work and commitment to teamwork and to the game of lacrosse inspired her coaches to create the Katherine Simmons “Brick Award” which is given yearly to a Big Red player whose daily hard work and effort contributed most to the team.


IWLCA All-American ‘08

IWLCA First Team All-Region ‘08

IWLCA Academic Honors ‘08

All-Ivy Honors ‘05-’08

Two-time captain ‘07-‘08     

Recipient of the Richie Moran Award ‘07

Recipient of the George Boiardi Award ‘08