Vermont native and former America East standout Sarah Dalton was named the head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Vermont on June 24, 2016. She is the seventh head coach in program history.
"It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Sarah to the University of Vermont and our athletic department," said Athletic Director Jeff Schulman upon the announcement. "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 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 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.
"I am excited and honored to return home to Vermont as the next head coach of the women's lacrosse program at UVM," 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. I want to thank Jeff Schulman, Cathy Rahill, and the rest of the search committee for this opportunity. I would also like to thank The University of Notre Dame and Christine Halfpenny for helping me grow into the person I am today."
Prior to her time with Notre Dame and CFES, Dalton 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 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 was also a member of the U.S. National Development Squad from 2008-10.
Dalton 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 will be introduced to athletic department staff and local media next week.