Patty Kloidt is in her 17th year and owns a record of 192-88 (.686 win percentage) as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Hamilton College. In 2018 the Continentals were ranked 12th in the preseason coaches poll, played in the NESCAC championship quarterfinals and had two players on the all-region team.
Kloidt has led the Continentals to the postseason 15 times in 16 seasons, including seven trips to the NCAA tournament. Hamilton has appeared in the NESCAC championship six times in seven years under Kloidt and advanced to the semifinals in 2012, 2013 and 2017. She has coached 14 athletes to a total of 21 all-America honors and nine players have made the NESCAC all-conference team.
The Continentals finished with a record of 12-6 and received an at-large bid to the NCAA championship under Kloidt in 2017. Hamilton tied for first place in the NESCAC standings with an 8-2 conference record, earned the No. 2 seed for the NESCAC championship and advanced to the semifinals. The eight conference wins and No. 2 seed are the best results in the team's seven years in the NESCAC. The Continentals were ranked as high as eighth in the coaches poll at the end of the regular season before they ended up at No. 14 in the final poll. Hamilton boasted a first team all-American, six all-region honorees and three all-conference selections.
Kloidt coached a pair of all-Americans, four all-region players and three all-NESCAC selections in 2016. The team won 10 games, including a victory against eventual NCAA Division II champion Florida Southern, and earned a spot in the conference championship quarterfinals. Kloidt picked up her 200th coaching victory in a 20-6 rout of Connecticut College on April 16.
Kloidt guided the Continentals to the regional semifinals (third round) of the 2015 NCAA championship after they won in double overtime at defending national champion Salisbury University in the second round. The Hamilton women were ranked 12th in the final poll and finished the season with a record of 12-6. The Continentals landed in fourth place in the NESCAC standings with a 7-3 mark and hosted a conference championship quarterfinal. Kloidt coached an all-American, four all-region honorees and a NESCAC all-conference team selection that year.
In 2008 the Continentals won their first NCAA title in program history and Kloidt was voted the Division III Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in her sixth year at Hamilton. She posted her 100th career head coaching victory against Middlebury College in a 2008 NCAA quarterfinal at home. That squad went on to set a program record with 21 wins and finished with a record of 21-1 en route to the national title. Kloidt's women played in the championship game in 2010 and advanced to the national semifinals in 2009.
In 2010 the Continentals won their first 21 games, were ranked No. 1 for much of the season, and advanced to the NCAA final for the second time in three years. Hamilton went 18-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA championship in 2011. The Continentals posted an overall record of 16-3 in 2007 and 2009. Hamilton reached the quarterfinals in 2007.
Kloidt earned New York Region Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and 2009, and she and her assistants were voted the Liberty League's Coaching Staff of the Year four times. Her program excels academically as well. Five players made the 2018 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team and the team has been recognized as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad each of the past five years.
Kloidt led the women to Liberty League regular season titles in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011, and five consecutive league championship crowns from 2007 to 2011. Her teams won 49 of their last 50 games against league opponents. Kloidt mentored three Liberty League Players of the Year from 2006 to 2008. In 2011 Hamilton had the league's offensive and defensive player of the year and rookie of the year.
Kloidt spent four years as Le Moyne College's head coach before she arrived at Hamilton. Kloidt built women's lacrosse into one of Le Moyne's best athletic programs. The Dolphins enjoyed their finest season in 2002 when they won the program's first-ever conference title and earned their first NCAA championship berth. Kloidt was named the conference's coach of the year as a result of that season's success. She began her coaching career as an assistant on the Amherst College lacrosse (1998) and soccer staffs (1996 and 1997).
In 2009 Kloidt served as an assistant coach for Canada's Senior Team that won a bronze medal at the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. She was added to the staff by the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the Canadian Women's National Team program in Ottawa.
Kloidt was a four-year varsity letter winner in lacrosse at Penn State University and received all-region honors in 1994. She has a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science and went on to earn her master's in exercise and sport studies from Smith College. She was a graduate assistant coach for Smith women's lacrosse in 1997.