Kayla Littig begins her third season as an assistant coach with the field hockey program in 2016-17. Littig spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at nearby Bridgewater State University (BSU) before joining the Lyons' staff this season. During her time as an assistant coach at BSU, the Bears posted a 34-10 (.773) record, captured one conference championship and qualified for two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournaments.
As a student-athlete, Littig was an outstanding defender at then-Division II UMass Lowell from 2008 to 2011 as she helped the Riverhawks advance to the National Championship game in each of her four seasons including a national title in 2010.
Littig, who earned a bachelor's of science degree in management and marketing from UMass Lowell, totaled 15 goals and four assists for 34 points and also compiled five defensive saves over her four-year playing career. In 2011, Littig was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II North Region Player of the Year as well as the Northeast-10 (NE-10) Defensive Player of the Year. Littig was also selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for leading the River Hawks to their sixth Finals appearance in seven seasons.
In addition to those accolades, Littig was named to the NE-10 All-Conference team twice, earned NE-10 Conference Champion Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors in 2011 and was named to the All-American first team during the same year. As a team during her four-year career, UMass Lowell went 81-15 (.844) which included a program best 24-0 mark in 2010.
Littig, who hails from Carver, Massachusetts, was a two-sport athlete at Carver High School competing on both the field hockey and track and field teams. She finished her high school field hockey career with 83 goals and 52 assists and was a Carver Reporter All-Star and three-time South Shore League All-Star. Littig was also an All-State track star and earned Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors in both field hockey and track.