May 1, 2014

Katie King '97

BrownBears.com will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths

Alumni Spotlight – Katie King ‘97


One of Brown’s most successful athletes, Katie King ‘97 starred for the Bears in both ice hockey and softball while earning a degree in Organizational Behavior and Management in 1997. 

At Brown, King was a three-time Ivy League Player of the Year from 1994-97 and a ECAC Hockey Player of the Year selection in 1997 after shattering the Brown records for career points (206) and goals (123) in only 100 games.  The 1996-97 campaign saw King set single-season Brown records with 40 goals and 71 points, propelling her to the athletic department’s prestigious Marjorie Brown Smith Award as Outstanding Female Athlete.  On the diamond, King earned Ivy League Player of the Year honors as a junior and Pitcher of the Year recognition as senior, leading the Bears to an Ivy Championship in 1997.  King was recognized for her stellar collegiate career with an induction into the Brown Hall of Fame in 2004.

After graduation, King took her talents to the U.S. National Team, as she appeared in three consecutive Olympic games, earning medals in all three.  At the 1998 games in Nagano, the U.S. earned the first gold medal ever awarded for women’s Olympic hockey in a 3-1 victory over Canada.  King also led the U.S. to a silver medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City games and a bronze medal in the 2006 Torino games.

King joined the Boston College women’s hockey program in 2003, spending four seasons as an assistant with the Eagles, while also serving as an assistant on the 2006 USA U-22 Select team and 2008 U-18 National team that won gold at the IIHF World Championships in Germany.  The Salem, New Hampshire native was promoted to head coach at Boston College on May 29, 2007.

Entering her eighth season at the helm of the Boston College women’s hockey team this fall, King has excelled at the coaching ranks, amassing a 146-70-37 record with three Frozen Four berths in five NCAA Tournament appearances.  The 2012-13 season was one to remember for King, as the Eagles tallied a program-best 27 wins before falling to undefeated and eventual national champion, Minnesota, 3-2 in overtime on March 22, 2013.  For her efforts that season, King garnered Hockey East Coach of the Year and New England Division I Women’s Coach of the Year accolades.

Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to athleticcommunication@brown.edu. Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.