University of Vermont

Vermont Catamounts Athletics
97 Spear Street, Patrick Gymnasium Burlington, VT 05401
Division 1 Vermont Northeast
Public Large Competitive team

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Sarah Dalton

Vermont native and former America East standout Sarah Dalton Graddock enters her fourth season at the helm of the Catamounts.


Dalton Graddock has continued to move the program forward during her tenure. In her three years, she has climbed to No. 3 on the school's all-time wins list. In 2019, UVM reached the win column eight times – the most victories in five years. The bench boss has produced eight All-America East performers during her short time in Burlington. Jenna Janes became the first Vermont player to collect America East First Team All-Conference honors since 2015. Freshman Grace Giancola landed on the All-Conference Second Team and one of three Catamount newcomers to make the All-Rookie Team.


Two years ago, the Cats had the third-best win improvement rate in Division I. UVM’s +5-win improvement from 2017 was tied with Boston College for the best among New England programs. The Cats had two first-year athletes, MacKenzie Bolt and Jessica English, land on the America East All-Rookie Team.


In her first season on the sidelines, UVM played a competitive schedule against four teams who earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament – Albany, Bryant, Louisville, and Stony Brook. The 2017 Cats also played a pair of ranked opponents – No. 4 Stony Brook and No. 16 Denver. Dalton Graddock helped the Class of 2017 graduate with 30 career victories, which is tied for the fourth-most by a graduating class. The unit helped set the program record with 12 wins in 2014 and set the school mark with four conference victories in 2015.


Before Vermont, she spent four years 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 Tournament berth during all four years of her tenure. The Cornwall native coached 19 players who were selected to an All-Region Team, 11 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) 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 Graddock 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.


Prior to her time with Notre Dame and CFES, Dalton Graddock was an assistant coach for three years at William & Mary and guided 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 (CAA) Player, Defender, and Rookie of the Year.


Dalton Graddock attended Middlebury Union High School before moving on to Boston University. She 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 IWLCA All-American, including a pair of First Team selections, and won a pair of America East Player of the Year awards. Dalton Graddock was also a member of the U.S. National Development Squad from 2008-10.


Dalton Graddock earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University in 2009 and is currently completing course work for a Master's degree in sports business from Duquesne University. Over the last year, she has been inducted into the Boston University Hall of Fame and the Vermont Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.


Dalton Graddock resides in Shelburne with her husband Mason and black lab Bella.

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Jessica Drummond

Drummond enters her fourth season in 2019-20 as an assistant coach after joining Sarah Dalton's coaching staff in August of 2016.


Drummond has helped move the program forward during her time on the sidelines. In 2019, UVM reached the win column eight times – the most victories in five years. In her three seasons, she has developed eight All-America East performers. Jenna Janes became the first Vermont player to collect America East First Team All-Conference since 2015. Freshman Grace Giancola landed on the All-Conference Second Team and one of three Catamount newcomers to make the All-Rookie Team.


Two years ago, the Cats had the third-best win improvement rate in Division I. UVM’s +5-win improvement from 2017 was tied with Boston College for the best among New England programs. The Cats had two first-year athletes, MacKenzie Bolt and Jessica English, land on the America East All-Rookie Team.


In her first season, UVM played a competitive schedule against four teams who earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament – Albany, Bryant, Louisville, and Stony Brook. The 2017 Cats also played a pair of ranked opponents – No. 4 Stony Brook and No. 16 Denver. Drummond helped the Class of 2017 graduate with 30 career victories, which is tied for the fourth-most by a graduating class. The unit helped set the program record with 12 wins in 2014 and set the school mark with four conference victories in 2015.


The Nashua, New Hampshire native came to Burlington after three seasons as an assistant coach at Dartmouth. With the Big Green, she was the lead defensive coach and was responsible for recruiting. Drummond also organized all team travel and logistics.


She graduated from Oregon in 2012 after a four-year playing career. Drummond left Oregon ranked fourth in program history in career draw controls and fifth in ground balls. During her senior year, she helped the Ducks claim the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament play-in-game as part of the best season in program history.


Following her senior season, she served as an undergraduate assistant coach at Oregon working with the full-time staff on daily tasks associated with practices and game management.

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Casey Pearsall

Pearsall enters her second season as an assistant coach in 2019.


In her first season, Pearsall helped the Catamounts to eight wins – the most victories in five years. She also tutored Jenna Janes into becoming the first Vermont player to collect America East First Team All-Conference since 2015. Freshman Grace Giancola also landed on the All-Conference Second Team and one of three Catamount newcomers to make the All-Rookie Team.


Pearsall came to Catamount Country after serving as an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at The Harpeth Hall, an all-girls preparatory school, in Nashville, Tennessee. She also took Team Tennessee, comprised of the top high school lacrosse players in the state, to the U.S. Lacrosse Association Girl’s National Tournament last June. In the previous two years, she was the club lacrosse coach for TNLax – coaching offseason lacrosse in the fall and summer to middle and high school girls in Tennessee.


A three-time All-American at Notre Dame, Pearsall accrued over 100 career points from 2014-17 including three of Sarah Dalton’s four seasons as offensive coordinator with the Fighting Irish. As a senior, she was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, awarded to the nation’s top college lacrosse player, and collected an All-ACC First Team nod.


She earned a bachelor’s degree in management consulting and psychology from Notre Dame in 2017. In the classroom, she was a two-time ACC All-Academic Team selection.


After Notre Dame, Pearsall played professionally with the Long Island Sound of the United Women’s Lacrosse League along with Upstate Pride in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.

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