Career Coaching Honors and Highlights
2007 National Coach of the Year (IWLCA & Inside Lacrosse)
2008 IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year
2008 NCAA Finalist
2007, 2009 NCAA Semifinalist
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Ivy League Championship
2010, 2013 Ivy League Tournamant Championship
14 IWLCA All-Americans
47 IWLCA All-Region players
67 All-Ivy players
3 Ivy League Players of the Year
2 Ivy League Rookies of the Year
1 Ivy League Midfielder of the Year
1 Two-time National Goalkeeper of the Year
US Lacrosse National Coach of the Week (4/2/07, 3/5/08)
Member of the N.J. chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2004)
Member of William & Mary Hall of Fame (2005)
Two MAC titles at Drew
Former U.S. National Team member
In her 14th season as head coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Karin Brower Corbett has taken the women's lacrosse program at Penn to new heights. With seven Ivy League titles in a row and three trips to the national semifinals, Corbett's teams have established themselves as perennial NCAA powers. The pinnacle of the recent run was the 2008 season where the Quakers were NCAA Finalists and spent a number of weeks ranked No. 1 in the country after defeating Northwestern in the regular season.
In 2013, Corbett guided her team to a seventh consecutive Ivy League championship with her fifth undefeated Ivy League slate since 2007. The seven consecutive conference championships is the current longest streak of regular season championships in NCAA Division I and are the most ever by any Penn women's program. Success in clutch situations was the hallmark of Corbett's Quakers in 2013, the Red and Blue setting a program record with a 4-0 mark in overtime games. Three Penn players were named unanimous first-team All-Ivy, including Shannon Mangini who earned the first-ever Ivy League Midifelder of the Year award.
2012 saw Corbett add her sixth Ivy title in dramatic fashion with a win at Princeton to claim outright possession of the Ancient Eight crown instead of a potential five-way share. Corbett graduated the program's second-leading all-time scorer, Erin Brennan, who totaled 213 points over her four seasons. The Red and Blue were an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament, the first at-large bid in Corbett's tenure.
In 2010, Corbett made history when Penn won the first Ivy League Tournament held at Franklin Field. In the process, the Red and Blue earned their fourth automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in a row. In the NCAAs, Corbett's team won its first round game once again before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Maryland. During the 2010 season, Penn set a record for goals scored in a season with 223. In fact, over the past four seasons, Corbett helped Penn shatter virtually every program record on the books, including wins in a season (17), consecutive wins (15), highest national ranking (1) and goals in a season (210).
The 2010 campaign saw one of Corbett's players re-write the record books as Ali DeLuca became Penn's first Tewaaraton Award finalist. DeLuca became Penn's all-time leading goal scorer with 148 career tallies and set a season-record for points with 76. DeLuca was named unanimous Ivy Player of the Year, the third in Corbett's tenure in West Philadelphia.
Named the 2007 National Coach of the Year by multiple organizations, Corbett led the Quakers to an unforgettable 2007 season that saw Penn play in the NCAA semifinals for the first time ever. She followed that with another trip to the NCAA tournament in 2008, this time advancing to the championship game where Penn was edged by Northwester, 10-6.
In 2009, Corbett again had her team in the national semifinals, where the Red and Blue came one goal short in a double-overtime classic against top-seeded Northwestern after rallying from four goals down in the final seven minutes.
Individually, Corbett has coached 16 IWLCA All-Americans, including six first-teamers in Rachel Manson, Hilary Renna, Sarah Waxman (twice), Emma Spiro and Ali DeLuca. On a regional level, 47 players have been named All-Mid-Atlantic. 67 of her players have been named All-Ivy, including three Ivy League Players of the Year in Waxman, Spiro and DeLuca. Twice, Corbett has seen a player named Ivy League Rookie of the Year - DeLuca and Erin Brennan. Waxman was also named the C. Markland National Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Corbett, who took over a team in 2000 that won only one game the previous year, has led her teams to 117 wins since. Corbett has brought a new attitude to the Quaker program, which quickly resulted in team and individual honors. Her guidance has brought steady improvement over the past eight seasons, culminating with the breakthrough 2007 campaign.
The 2006 season was a precursor to success as she led the Quakers to a 10-6 record, the program's first 10-win season since 1982. Penn beat three teams ranked in the national top-20 and finished the season ranked 20th in the IWLCA poll for the first time since 1996. Five members of her team were named All-Ivy while four were tabbed as All-Region.
The Red and Blue finished the 2005 campaign with their second-straight winning season and their second-consecutive winning Ivy League campaign, a first since 1984-85. Penn played tough against eight nationally ranked teams, including Penn State, Dartmouth, and national champion Northwestern.
The Red and Blue finished the 2004 campaign with their first winning season in a decade and their first winning Ivy campaign since 1988. Penn played tough against several nationally-ranked teams, including Penn State and Dartmouth.
An early highlight of Brower's tenure was guiding the Quakers to their first-ever berth in the ECAC Championship game in 2001, where they fell to Johns Hopkins, following a then-career-best eight-win campaign.
In 2003, Penn battled to a six-win season including a convincing win at nationally-ranked Penn State, which capped off the team's season-high four-game winning streak. The previous year, Brower guided the Red and Blue to seven wins, highlighted by a win over nationally-ranked James Madison University. The Quakers finished the year with a fifth-place finish in the Ivy League.
To elevate the Quaker program to a national power, Brower has steadily improved the schedule to include many of the nation's top programs. She has also recruited nationally-recognized high school talent along with engaging the alumni to unprecedented levels.
Prior to coming to Penn, Brower was an assistant coach at Princeton University from 1996-98 where she was instrumental in all aspects of the Tigers' nationally-ranked lacrosse program, with a particular emphasis on recruiting. She organized clinics for high schoolers and was the assistant director of both the Princeton Tiger Camp and the Princeton Elite Camp.
Brower began her coaching career as an assistant at Rutgers University, before serving as an assistant at Villanova University for a year. She then moved on to her alma mater, where she was an assistant field hockey coach. After a successful year at William & Mary, Brower took the head lacrosse job at Drew University. She led Drew to a pair of conference championships in her two years, and was active in organizing clinics and winter leagues.
As an undergraduate at William & Mary, Brower captained both the field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior in 1992. She earned first-team All-America honors and was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year in lacrosse as a senior, and was a Regional All-American in field hockey in the fall of 1991.
In the summer of 1991, Brower was a member of the Under-23 National Lacrosse team which faced Great Britain. Following her college career, Brower was a member of the United States Women's Lacrosse team from 1993-96.
Brower was the IWLCA All-America committee chair from 2006-08 and has served as a board member of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association. She was also the director for the Lawrenceville Girls Lacrosse Camp, the USA Lacrosse Camp and the "Shoot to Score" Lacrosse Camp. In 2004, she was inducted into the US Lacrosse New Jersey Chapter Hall of Fame, and in 2005 she was inducted into the William & Mary Athletics Hall of Fame.
Brower was married to William Corbett in December 2009; the couple resides in West Chester, Pa.