UVM picks former MUHS standout as next lax coach
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont last week hired Cornwall native and former Middlebury Union High School multi-sport all-star and Boston University women’s lacrosse all-American Sarah Dalton as the seventh head coach of the Catamount women’s lacrosse program.
Incoming UVM Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman made the announcement on Friday afternoon that Dalton, who has been assisting the Notre Dame program, was UVM’s choice.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Sarah to the University of Vermont,” said Schulman. “I’m particularly excited to have a native Vermonter leading the women’s lacrosse program. I remember watching Sarah compete during her standout career at Boston University and have been extremely impressed with the seamless nature of her transition into one of the most respected and successful assistant coaches in women’s collegiate lacrosse. Sarah is a thoughtful, energetic and passionate coach and educator who impressed all of us with her commitment to the academic, athletic, and personal development of our student-athletes.”
Dalton recently completed her fourth year as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). She helped the Fighting Irish earn a top-20 national ranking and an NCAA Division I tournament berth during all four years of her tenure.
Dalton coached 19 players who were selected to an All-Region Team, 11 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Americans, and eight All-ACC selections. This past season, the Irish led the nation in caused turnovers while ranking seventh in scoring offense and ninth in assists per game.
Dalton stepped away from lacrosse during the 2012-13 season to work for College For Every Student (CFES), a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping underserved students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. She oversaw a CFES partnership with the America East Conference in which student-athletes from each member school were paired with students in a low-income school in their community.
The former America East Player of the Year said she is thrilled to take over at UVM.
“I am excited and honored to return home to Vermont,” said Dalton. “I believe in teaching the fundamental skills of the game and building team camaraderie by working hard and celebrating the process. I am excited to meet the team and look forward to beginning our journey together in September.”
Prior to her time with Notre Dame and CFES, Dalton worked as an assistant coach for three years at William & Mary and helped guide the program to double-digit wins in her final two seasons. In 2010, the Tribe set conference records for points, goals, draw controls and shooting percentage. William & Mary had six players earn All-Conference honors during her final season in 2011, including the Colonial Athletic Association player, defender, and rookie of the Year.
At BU, Dalton finished her four-year career as the most accomplished offensive player in BU history, becoming the Terriers’ career and single season leader in both goals and points. She was a three-time All-American, twice as a first team selection, and won a pair of America East Player of the Year awards. Dalton was also a member of the U.S. National Development Squad from 2008-2010.
Dalton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from BU in 2009 and is currently completing course work for a master’s degree in sports business from Duquesne University. Over the past year, she has been inducted into the BU Hall of Fame and the Vermont Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
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