CHICAGO – Head Coach Kate Robinson has announced the hiring of Randy Vite as the full-time assistant coach for the University of Chicago's inaugural women's lacrosse program.
"I am excited to add Randy to our staff here at UChicago," Robinson said of Vite. "Her enthusiasm, energy, and love of teaching will only aid us as we embark on the first season of Maroons lacrosse."
Vite joins the Maroons after two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at nearby Aurora University. There, she helped the Spartans compile a 15-7 mark in the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference over the course of two seasons.
Vite's main responsibilities included assistance with recruiting, monitoring academic progress, video breakdown and analysis, team travel, community service projects and prospective student-athlete camps and clinics.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at such a prestigious institution and to work with Kate Robinson," Vite said. "The chance to help build a new program and start new traditions of academic and athletic excellence is extremely exciting. It is such an honor to join the Maroons!"
Prior to Aurora, Vite spent one season at Colorado State University-Pueblo as an assistant coach for the NCAA Division II ThunderWolves. During her two years in Colorado, she also served as an assistant coach at Pueblo West High School for a season while she worked for Teach for America, working as a Special Education teacher at nearby Risely Middle School International Academy of Innovation.
More recently, Vite also served as a varsity assistant for St. Charles High School (Ill.) for two seasons and coached high school girls club lacrosse for Players 360. She also had a stint as as the River City Youth Club Director.
As a player, Vite was a four-year letter winner and one-year team captain on the women's lacrosse team at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. During her four years at Kutztown, Vite garnered numerous accolades, including a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team nod as well as a Scholar Athlete award.
Vite concluded her career with the Golden Bears as the program's all-time leader in ground balls (200) and games played (68). Vite ranks second in Kutztown's career record book in both caused turnovers (77) and games started (62) and sixth in career draw controls (55).
Vite graduated from Kutztown with a bachelor's degree in education. She majored in both special education and elementary education with a concentration in math and science.
UChicago will start its first varsity season in Spring 2019.