Jen Fallon, the 2008 Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year, enters her 13th season as the head coach of New Haven women’s lacrosse in the spring of 2019. The longest-tenured coach in program history, Fallon is the Chargers’ all-time leader with 150 career wins and a .676 winning percentage (150-72).
Fallon is a five-time conference coach of the year (four-time NE10), has led the Chargers to five NCAA Tournament berths, and has qualified New Haven for the Northeast 10 Tournament in each of its 10 seasons in the conference.
In 2018, Fallon led the Chargers to 12 total wins, including nine wins in NE10 action. During the season, Fallon coached three Chargers who were named to the IWLCA All-East Region squads, including midfielder Mackenzie Reh (First Team), attack Jessica Mazliah (Second Team), and defender Raven Linton (Second Team). In addition, Reh highlighted the trio as she was named an IWLCA First Team All-American and was the NE10 Midfielder of the Year, the first All-American and major NE10 award winner since Corinne Fisher earned the same honors in 2016. In addition to those three, Courtney Duffy and Emily Holland were each named to the NE10 All-Conference teams.
In 2017, the women's lacrosse team earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season after boasting a 15-5 overall record and an 11-2 NE10 mark. During that season, Fallon mentored three IWLCA All-Americans and All-North region selections, with Kendall Cietek, Nicole Belanger, and Hannah Johnson all earning the honors. In addition to those three, Caitlyn O'Brien was also an All-North region honoree, with six total Chargers being named to the NE10 All-Conference team.
The 2016 squad earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the third consecutive season. The team won three contests against ranked opponents including a 10-0 shutout over No. 14 Stonehill, the program’s first blanking since 2003. Fallon saw senior Corinne Fisher crack the record books, as she entered the program’s top ten in total points, goals and assists while fellow senior Maya Szymanski also broke into the top ten in assists. Fallon guided her players to seven All-Conference nominations and seven IWLCA awards.
In 2015, the program continued to excel, qualifying for its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as Fallon once against garnered Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year accolades. The team defeated Adelphi for the first time in program history, snapping a 36-game winning streak for the top-ranked Panthers. Fallon also mentored the IWLCA Division II National Defensive Player of the Year, Brittany Ast, and saw Kathryn Campbell become the second player in school history to reach the 300-point mark in her career.
Behind Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors for Fallon, the 2014 campaign tied a program-record for wins (16) and set a new record with an 11-1 NE-10 slate. The Chargers played the ninth toughest schedule in Division II and the second toughest in the NE-10 with eight games against teams ranked in the top 15. New Haven earned its highest-ever national ranking at No. 4 - a position it held for five-straight weeks starting on April 7. UNH finished the year with its highest ever final national ranking at No. 6. Junior midfielder Kathryn Campbell became the program’s third All-America First Team selection and was New Haven’s first NE-10 Midfielder of the Year honoree. Brittany Ast and Nicole McKee were Second Team All-America selections as well - making 2014 one of the most decorated years in Charger history. The three joined seven others who received postseason awards from the conference. The Chargers’ postseason run began with their second appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Game and finished in their second NCAA Division II quarterfinal appearance.
Playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2013, the Chargers finished with a record of 12-7 and climbed as high as No. 8 in the national rankings. Rachel Resnick and Natalie Lieberman were both named Second Team All-America by the IWLCA, with Resnick garnering Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors. In total, five New Haven student-athletes claimed year-end accolades. All seven of New Haven’s losses came against nationally-ranked competition, and the Chargers also won two contests against ranked opponents en route to an NE-10 postseason win and trip to the conference semifinals.
In 2012, Fallon guided the Chargers to a 13-5 record and a national ranking as high as No. 6 from the IWLCA. The season included a victory over No. 3 and eventual national champion C.W. Post as one of New Haven’s four triumphs over nationally-ranked opponents. Ashley Ferrandiz, Aubrey Duncan and Alexis Gabbe all earned IWLCA All-America status and headed a list of six Chargers to earn All-Northeast-10 laurels. Fallon was recognized by her peers as the conference’s Coach of the Year for the second time in four seasons as a member of the NE-10.
Fallon previously earned NE-10 Coach of the Year laurels in 2009 – New Haven’s first season as a member of the prestigious Division II conference. In that campaign, the Chargers won the Northeast-10 Conference Championship to garner the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship berth. Fallon’s 2009 club finished at 16-4 with a 9-1 NE-10 record – setting the program record for wins and a then-school record for conference wins in a season. She guided New Haven to seven wins in 2010 and notched a winning season in 2011 with a 10-8 tally.
The 2008 campaign saw Fallon named the Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year in her second season at the helm after leading the Chargers to the program’s first-ever winning campaign with a then-program-record 14 victories and just three losses. Fallon, who was also named the East Coast Conference Coach of the Year, mentored Brigid Brady ’09 to the program’s first Division II All-America honor following her third-consecutive 50-goal season.
Fallon took over the Chargers’ program in 2007 and, in her first spring at New Haven, matched the program record with seven victories.
Before coming to New Haven, Fallon served as the head girls’ lacrosse coach and physical education teacher at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Conn., with additional duties in the areas of policy & curriculum and athletic game management.
Fallon started her coaching career at her alma mater in 1997 as Sacred Heart University’s head women’s soccer coach from 1997-2000. Fallon also served as the school’s assistant compliance coordinator for two years while coaching.
As a collegiate lacrosse player, Fallon was a three-time Division II All-America selection (1994-96) and is Sacred Heart’s all-time scoring leader with 264 career points. She scored 212 career goals with 52 assists and, in her All-America seasons, posted three of the school’s top-four single-season point totals. At the time of her graduation, she ranked in the top 20 on the Division II national career scoring list, and in the top 10 all-time in goals scored.
A native of Milford, Conn., Fallon earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacred Heart in 1996. She currently resides in Milford, Conn. with her husband, Jamie.