Katie Mollot was at a crossroads after a one-and-a-half year coaching stint at Colgate. She played four years at Towson and jumped onto the lacrosse coaching scene right away.
“I was young,” said Mollot, a Sachem alum from the Class of 2004. “I didn’t know if I wanted to continue coaching or come home and change fields. It was my time to move on with something.”
That something turned out to be more lacrosse, but she took the quick path to being a head coach when she was offered the women’s lacrosse coaching position at Farmingdale.
She completed her first season in 2011 and dealt with the challenges of being only two or three years older than most girls on the roster.
“I came with the attitude that I was still fresh and can bring experience to them,” she said. “It was easy to come in and relate to their level. I never reflected and never looked back. I took it and said it was another opportunity to have a chapter in my life. It was the happiest move ever and sparked the love of the game in me again.”
Mollot, knee deep in building a program that finished 8-8 last season and lost to Ramapo Skyline Conference semifinals.
She originally started with seven girls on the team in the fall of 2010, but eventually built a roster.
“We kept a mature level that I am their head coach,” she said. “They respect me. They know I’m trying to make the program better.”
Lacrosse and the Mollot family have been synonymous for decades. If it wasn’t Steve, the patriarch, coaching the Massapequa boys team to dominance, or Mike leading Sachem and Maryland to great heights, it was Katie grabbing eyes at Sachem and Towson.
“We’re a big lacrosse family,” Katie said.
Steve is helping Katie with the offense at Farmingdale and Mollot was one of the best players of his time in high school and college. They’re both there to lend a hand whenever possible.
“He’ll be able to sit back and tell me things if something happened that day,” she said of her brother, who is one of three Sachem alums to play professional lacrosse (Doug Shanahan and Larry Falkman). “He’s the first phone call I make and is the type of person I always look up to when I played. He’ll sit down with me and analyze film or send me YouTube clips.”
At Sachem, Mollot started for four years on varsity. She grew up with a stick in her hands, often practicing against the Massapequa boys team and eventually having to fill the shoes of her older brother when she hit the varsity with the Flaming Arrows.
Away from Sachem, she played for the nationally known Yellow Jackets club team and was a member of the Long Island Empire State Games team, winning gold her junior year in Buffalo.
In college she experienced success right away, helping Towson win the Colonial Athletic Association title as a freshman. In 2008, she was named to the CAA All-Tournament team and helped the Tigers clinch their second league title in four years to advance to the NCAA tournament. At Towson she lettered four years and served as a co-captain her junior and senior seasons. A four-year starter on defense, she recorded six goals, four assists, 84 ground balls, 21 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers.
She equates her teammates as the ones to bring Towson to the next level, just as she is trying to bring Farmingdale to a new plateau.
“I really want to grow at Farmingdale,” she said. “I love the people I work with, I love the atmosphere, I love the girls. The goal is to take Farmingdale to the next level.”