PURCHASE, N.Y. – After honing her craft as an assistant coach for the last five years, Kate Vlahakis will have the opportunity to lead her own program beginning this season as she was named the new head coach of the Manhattanville women's basketball team, Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal announced.

Vlahakis takes over for Josh Suttles, who was forced to resign unexpectedly due to a family emergency in mid-August.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful for the chance to lead the Manhattanville women's basketball team,” Vlahakis said. “I wanted to thank Keith and the Athletic Department for this amazing opportunity to start my head coaching career at a place like Manhattanville. I knew from the moment I stepped onto campus this was a special place that promoted what it is to be a student-athlete of the highest caliber. I am excited to get in the gym with the girls and define the culture of this program, which will be built on hard work, consistency and heart. Our goal is to be consistent contenders in the Freedom Conference and to hang a banner in Kennedy Gymnasium.”

“We're very excited to have Kate on board as our next women's basketball coach,” Levinthal said. “We are incredibly lucky to get a head coach of such high caliber on such short notice. During our search process, we recognized that Kate was a tremendous coach with a bright future, and we are fortunate that she will be beginning her head coaching career with us.”

Vlahakis comes to Manhattanville after a two-year stint at Framingham State University, where she served as an assistant coach under Patricia O'Brien and played a vital role in all aspects of the Division III program. As coach with the Rams, she helped the program to a MASCAC Tournament appearance in her second season and also mentored the reigning MASCAC Rookie of the Year as well as a second-team All-Conference performer.

Prior to her time in Framingham, Vlahakis served three seasons as an assistant coach at Simmons College. While in Boston, the Sharks posted a combined 44-29 record in three years and earned a spot in the GNAC Tournament in all three seasons.

A native of Lebanon, N.H., Vlahakis was a four-year member of the women's basketball team at Division III Saint Lawrence University, graduating in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. During her time in Canton, the Saints made four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and were nationally ranked in all four years, while she was individually named the team's Most Improved Player in 2003.

She also earned her master's degree in business with a specialization in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2012.