CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – US Lacrosse and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced they will honor former Harvard women's lacrosse coach Carole Kleinfelder and former standout Chris Sailer '81 on Oct. 21 as part of the Princeton Invitational at US Lacrosse.
Kleinfelder was selected as one of 11 former collegiate coaches to celebrate as trailblazers of the game for their exceptional work advancing women's lacrosse and the coaching profession during the Title IX era. Kleinfelder will be officially recognized as an IWLCA Trailblazer with a plaque along the newly dedicated Chris Sailer Trail.
The Chris Sailer Trail will be formally dedicated at the Oct. 21 fall-ball event, with ceremonies taking place at Tierney Field on Princeton's campus.
At that time, each of the following IWLCA Trailblazers will be recognized with a plaque along Chris Sailer Trail: Pat Genovese, Tina Sloan Green, Caroline Hausserman, Kathy Heinze, Carole Kleinfelder, Gillian Rattray, Sue Stahl, Sue Tyler, Lanetta Ware, Marge Watson, and Judy Wolstenholme.
Kleinfelder guided the Harvard women's lacrosse program as head coach for 25 seasons from 1979-2003. During that span, the Crimson captured 12 Ivy League championships, including seven straight from 1987-1993, and won the 1990 NCAA title. Kleinfelder coached Harvard to a 260-132-3 overall record and 109-67-1 conference mark, while also helping the Crimson earn 52 All-America selections by 28 players during her impressive tenure.
Kleinfelder's 1990 NCAA championship team, which posted a perfect 15-0 record, is the only undefeated team in program history, and was the first Harvard women's team to win an NCAA title. The Crimson defeated Maryland, 8-7, in the championship game. A two-time National Coach of the Year while at Harvard (1990 and 1992), Kleinfelder designed the first molded stick for women's lacrosse and coached the U.S. National Team in 1978 and 1979. Prior to her time in Cambridge, Kleinfelder was the president of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association from 1974-76 and was later inducted to the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame as an athlete in basketball and both a player and coach in lacrosse in 1996. Kleinfelder picked up lacrosse at West Chester and earned three varsity letters before making the national team and graduating with a degree in physical education in 1965.
Sailer captained both the lacrosse and field hockey teams at Harvard and was a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection in lacrosse and was a member of the U.S. National Team. Sailer received the Radcliffe Alumni Association Award for athletic excellence and leadership her senior year. As the women's lacrosse head coach at Princeton, Sailer has guided the Tigers to three NCAA championships, 11 national semifinal appearances, 23 NCAA tournament appearances and 12 Ivy League titles. In addition to her membership into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, she belongs to four other halls of fame. She is a 1996 inductee to the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a 1997 member of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame, a 1998 inductee of the Haverford (Pa.) High School Sports Hall of Fame and 2003 class member of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.