Virginia Tech head coach Katrina Silva enters her third season with the Hokies. Prior to Tech, Silva spent seven seasons at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Silva compiled a 67-57 overall record while at the helm of the Raider program, with her teams winning Patriot League Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005 and finishing second in 2006. Silva was the 2006 Howard Hartman Award winner as Colgate's Coach of the Year and was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 while leading Colgate to the NCAA Tournament in both of those seasons.
No stranger to Western Virginia and Blacksburg, Silva was head coach of both women's lacrosse and field hockey at Roanoke College from 1996-99. During her three seasons with the Maroons, Silva coached the lacrosse team to a 37-11 record and two Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships in 1997 and 1999. In 1997, her Maroons advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. During the 1996 season, Silva worked as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse team at Virginia Tech. The team compiled a 7-6 overall record in just its second season.
Silva's first stint at Colgate came during the 1994-95 academic year, where she served as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams under Cathy Foto. That spring, she helped the Raiders post their best record as a Division I program to date, 10-5, and they earned an invitation to the ECAC tournament.
Silva began her coaching career at Goucher College, where she served as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams from 1992 to 1994. Under her guidance, Goucher's goalkeeper recorded 192 saves and a .642 save percentage on her way to becoming a two-time all-region selection.
Silva is a 1993 graduate of Towson University with a bachelor's degree in physical education studies, and a minor in psychology. She was the starting goalkeeper for Towson's nationally-ranked lacrosse team for three years. During her junior campaign, the Tigers were finalists in the ECAC tournament. Silva was also the starting goalkeeper on Towson's field hockey team for four years, and she was honored as the Southeast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
As a member of both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and US Lacrosse Incorporated, Silva has served on several committees with the IWLCA, including the regional All-America committee, and has been a representative on US Lacrosse's board of governors.
Silva resides in Christiansburg, Va.