Dawn Easley recently completed her fourth season at Campbell in the program's five year history in Buies Creek.
In 2017, Easley led the Camels to the most successful season in program history. CU recorded its highest all-time winning percentage(.556) and won 10 games for the second-straight season.
Campbell posted a program-best 6-1 record in the Big South to finish second in the league, the best finish in program history. Along the way, the Camels reeled off a program-record five-straight victories to open conference play.
After earning its first bye past the Big South Championship quarterfinals, Campbell won its first tournament semifinal contest, an 11-9 triumph over Winthrop. The season ended in the program’s first Big South Championship game against league champions High Point.
Easley mentored a program-record six All-Big South selections including first team honorees Merredith Bechler, Melissa Placek and Kayla Reilly. Megan Reilly and Erin O’Hara were second team selections while Mackenzie Koeller earned an honorable mention nod.
Koeller was also named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the second-straight season a Camel won the award, and she became the program’s first CoSIDA Academic All-District at-large selection.
Easley led the Camels to new heights not seen in program history in 2016. After coaching CU against its first ever ranked opponent, No. 4 Duke, in its season opener, she mentored her first Division I national scoring leader in senior attacker Loren Day. Campbell tallied four-straight wins in the middle of April before finishing with a 5-2 Big South record.
That mark earned the Camels the third seed in the Big South Championship, which came with the right to host the first ever postseason contest at Barker-Lane Stadium. In that quarterfinal matchup, CU defeated Longwood 14-5 for the program's first postseason victory.
After the win, Campbell advanced to its first ever Big South Championship semifinal. Easley led the Camels to a 10-9 overall record in 2015, the first winning campaign in the program's history and the highest single-season win total.
Four Campbell players earned All-Big South honors. Day became the first Camel to win the Big South Offensive Player of the Year award and became a two-time all-conference first team selection. Erica Hitch was the program's first Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and became a two-time second-team honoree. Placek was the first Campbell freshman to earn second team honors. O'Hara was also named to the second team and became the first Camel to earn All-Big South recognition in three-straight seasons.
Additional postseason honors for the Camels included Hitch and Placek becoming the program's first Big South all-tournament team selections. A program-record 19 players were named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll and Hitch, O'Hara and Hannah Lamb were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. Campbell was also named an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad for the second-straight season.
In 2015, her second season at the helm, Easley's Camels posted a 5-13 overall mark with a 2-5 Big South record. Four of Campbell's wins came at Barker-Lane Stadium and CU advanced to its second-straight Big South Championship.
Three Camels earned all-conference accolades led by Day, who was a first team selection. Hitch and O'Hara were named to the second team while O'Hara was named to the all-academic team as well. Campbell was selected as one of 85 Division I programs to be named an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad while Hitch and Lamb were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
Easley led the Camels to a 7-9 mark in her first season at CU, going 2-5 in Big South play during the 2014 campaign. Campbell defended its home field with a 4-2 record at Barker-Lane Stadium.
Campbell made the Big South Championship for the first time under Easley, falling to Longwood in the quarterfinal round.
Five Camels were given all-conference honors, including seniors Taelar Errington and Cloey Henchcliffe on the second team and classmate Brittany Kincer on the all-academic team. Freshman O'Hara was named an all-conference honorable mention.
Easley was the head coach at Pfeiffer for five seasons before arriving at CU, leading the Falcons to a 58-31 overall record, and was seven wins shy of becoming the all-time leader in coaching wins. She was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in 2010 and steered the Falcons to five winning seasons and a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2013, the first NCAA bid in program history.
Easley took over a program that went 6-7 in its inaugural season and was led by the senior trio of Errington, Henchcliffe, and Kincer. The Camels returned 12 players and welcomed 12 newcomers to Buies Creek in its second season.
A 2005 Pfeiffer graduate, Easley served as the Falcons' assistant coach from 2007-08 before taking the reigns as head coach. As a player, Easley twice served as the team's co-captain and received numerous accolades, including first team CVAC all-conference, first team all-region, second team Inside Lacrosse All-American, as well as first team Womenslacrosse.com All-American.
She finished her career at Pfeiffer fifth all-time in points (102), third in goals (78) and fourth in groundballs (149), while leading the Lady Falcons to back-to-back conference championships in '04 and '05.
In the summer of 2013, Easley competed in the FIL World Cup for the Haudenosaunee nation. She was named player of the game against Ireland with four goals and two draw controls. Easley led her team to a seventh-place finish and scored a goal in each of the team's first six contests. She finished the competition with 11 goals, two assists, five ground balls and 14 draw controls in eight games.
Easley received a BA in sports management from Pfeiffer with a minor in Business Administration in 2005. She obtained her Masters in Sports Management from the United Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama in 2007. She spent the 2005-06 school year teaching and coaching lacrosse at Ampleforth College in York, England.
Easley and her husband Joe, also a 2005 Pfeiffer graduate and four-year member of the basketball team, are parents to two children, son Caleb (6) and daughter Korie (3).