Cato Accepts Head Coaching Position

July 13, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Former Central Michigan assistant Heather Cato has accepted the women's soccer head coaching position at Saint Martin's University, a Division II institution located in Lacey, Wash.

In her lone season on Peter McGahey's staff at Central Michigan, Cato helped the Chippewas to a 15-3-3 record in 2016, which included an undefeated non-conference slate and a trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals.

At CMU, Cato headed up the program's recruiting, video coordination, scouting and scheduling efforts. On the field, she mentored the Chippewas' goalkeepers and attacking players. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Knutson's standout season ranked in the top 10 in CMU program history in four stat categories while sophomore forward Lexi Pelafas broke the Central Michigan single season records for goals (16) and points (35) en route to earning First Team All-MAC and NSCAA First Team All-Great Lakes Region honors.

"I would like to thank Peter McGahey and Cassie Weik and the entire Central Michigan team for an amazing experience," Cato said.

Prior to coming to CMU, Cato served as the head coach at Division II Rogers (Okla.) State from 2014-15, was the head coach at Division III Whitman (Wash.) College from 2010-13, and served as the assistant goalkeeping coach/recruiting coordinator at Arkansas-Little Rock from 2001-03. She also has extensive experience in the youth/club coaching ranks.

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