University of Iowa Athletics

#11 Katie Birch

Class Sr.
Hometown York, England
High School The Grammar School at Leeds


  • NFHCA second team All-American
  • NFHCA first team All-West Regional honoree
  • Second team All-Big Ten selection
  • Started all 21 games
  • Recorded a career-high 10 assists, the fourth most in the Big Ten, and eight goals for 26 points, the second most on the team
  • Registered her fourth career hat trick in Iowa’s 6-0 win against Dartmouth (Aug. 31)
  • Recorded multi-assist games against Ball State (Sept. 2) and New Hampshire (Sept. 9)
  • Garnered Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 17 after extending Iowa’s shutout streak to four games
  • Recorded three points in Iowa’s Big Ten Tournament run, including Iowa’s lone goal against No. 2 Maryland in the Big Ten Championship (Nov. 4)
  • One of Iowa’s three captains
  • Letterwinner


  • NFHCA third team All-American honoree
  • NFHCA first team All-West Regional selection
  • First team All-Big Ten selection
  • Started in all 18 games
  • Scored a team-high 14 goals — the third most in the Big Ten
  • Recorded eight assists and 36 points
  • Registered two hat tricks and seven-point performances against New Hampshire (Sep. 10) and Indiana (Sep. 29)
  • Ranked second in the Big Ten with 3.83 shots per game and third in the conference with 0.78 goals per game
  • Letterwinner


  • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • NFHCA second team All-West Regional selection
  • Second Team All-Big Ten selection
  • Started all 19 games, recording 12 goals and four assists for 28 points (second most on the team)
  • Had a team-high four defensive saves
  • Scored her first-career hat trick in Iowa’s 11-0 victory over Saint Louis (Sept. 4)
  • Received Freshman of The Week honors twice (Aug. 30 and Sept. 6)
  • Letterwinner

High school

  • National Outdoor Finalists in 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Helped team to an undefeated season in 2016
  • National Indoor Finalists in 2014 and 2016


  • Born August 2, 1998
  • Daughter of Pat and Trisha Birch
  • Has two siblings, Matthew (20) and Rebecca (17), who plays field hockey at Old Dominion University