Katie Tarr has been at the helm of the Bryn Mawr lacrosse program since the 2004 season. Throughout her tenure as coach, the team has seen continued improvement and success. Also a physical education senior lecturer, Tarr is excited for the future of Bryn Mawr lacrosse. Through hard work, dedication and fun, the women of the lacrosse program continue to build on their successes from the previous seasons.
Prior to Bryn Mawr, Tarr completed her Master's of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Tarr served as an assistant lacrosse coach and as a graduate assistant for the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education Management and Penn Center for Higher Education Management.
Before receiving a bachelor's of arts in psychology from Swarthmore in 2002, Tarr certainly left her mark in the school's basketball and lacrosse record books. During her lacrosse career at Swarthmore, Tarr broke Centennial Conference records for most goals in a career and most goals as a freshman. She was selected as a Second Team Regional All-American all four years of her career and earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2001 and 2002 (second team in 2000 and honorable mention all-conference in 1999). Some of her other awards and honors include being an Eastern Coast Athletic Conference All-Star in 2001 and 2002, participating in the North/South Senior Game, and making the IWLCA All-Academic Team after her junior and senior seasons.
As a four-year member of the basketball team, she helped lead the Garnet to a Centennial Conference title and a second round NCAA National Tournament appearance during her junior season. Tarr also earned the Cochran-Bond Award for leadership and sportsmanship her junior year and served as a team captain during her senior campaign. She left Swarthmore with a number of basketball records and still holds the career record for games played. In addition to her four years of basketball and lacrosse at Swarthmore, Tarr also played four years of field hockey, captaining her senior season.
Tarr was also the head basketball coach at Bryn Mawr from the 2004-2005 season through the 2008-2009 season. During her time, she coached three All-Centennial Conference players, recorded the most conference wins during the 2006-07 season with three, and recorded the programs only victory Franklin and Marshall on February 3, 2007. Tarr saw Jessica Allen ’09 and Amy Johnson ’07 eclipse the 1,000 points mark as well as watching them both set the school record for career points. During the five year span, she had 11 players named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll 16 times.
Tarr serves as the department’s Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Lecturer of Physical Education. She is also the co-director of the Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium, which focuses on educating college age women on the opportunities in coaching. Additionally, Tarr was a certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a non-profit organization that works with coaches, parents, and recreational and school sport organizations to provide positive sports experiences for youth. Returning to the classroom, Tarr has completed work towards her Doctorate in Education in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tarr currently resides in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania with her husband, Brian Byrnes, and their sons, Jack, Kevin and Scott.