In 2018, Kathy Krannebitter entered her seventh year as assistant coach at Swarthmore College. She retired after a 26-year career, coaching both Division I field hockey and lacrosse (12 years) at West Chester University. A 1982 graduate of West Chester University (WCSC), Krannebitter was a starter on the 1978 national championship field hockey team, and played for the 1982 lacrosse team that finished seventh in the AIAW National Tournament.
Prior to coaching at West Chester, Krannebitter served as an assistant field hockey and softball coach at the University of North Carolina from 1982-85.
In 1985, Krannebitter returned to West Chester, this time to coach field hockey and lacrosse coach from 1985-97. Following the 1997 season, she stepped down from the lacrosse program to concentrate full time on the Division I field hockey program. While coaching lacrosse, she led the program to eight straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships, and an ECAC Championship (1991). She was the PSAC Coach of the Year twice (1994,1997), and the IWLCA Division II Coach of the Year in 1987.
Her field hockey teams qualified for the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships in both 1986 and '87. Her '87 team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the weekly national poll. During the time they were in the A10, the Golden Rams twice captured the Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship ('97, '98), and qualified for 6 A10 playoff appearances. In 2006, she captured her 200th career victory.
Krannebitter also had extensive experience with US Field Hockey. She was a member of the Coaching Committee for US Hockey, and chaired it for several years. She coached many years in the US Developmental System, and in 1994 led her team to the gold medal in the United States Sports Festival in St. Louis.
Krannebitter has over 32 years of camp coaching experience. Upon returning to West Chester, she successfully directed both Field Hockey and Lacrosse Camps at the University and beyond.
In 2011, Krannebitter formed Above & Beyond Sports as an avenue to promote sport through camps, clinics, and lessons. ABS is an extension of her desire to bring quality coaching to the young athletes in the area. Her goal is to help instill her love of sport to the aspiring athlete. The ABS Camps are in their seventh year.
Krannebitter has been named to four halls of fame, including Kenwood High School’s Athletic and School Halls of Fame, West Chester University (field hockey and lacrosse national championship teams), and Chester County Sports Hall of Fame.