NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –University of Massachusetts Dartmouth head women's lacrosse coach Sarah Booker has resigned from her post, according to an announcement by Interim Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis. Booker has decided to continue her education through the pursuit of a Master's Degree.
"I want to thank Sarah for her service to the department and her efforts the past three seasons towards revitalizing the Women's Lacrosse program," Van Voorhis said. "Sarah epitomizes the definition of a team player. She went above and beyond as a great colleague and professional while representing Corsair Athletics with class and grace. On behalf of the department, I wish her luck in her future endeavors."
UMass Dartmouth will conduct a national search for Booker's successor shortly.
Booker was named the second coach in program history on September 7, 2011, succeeding longtime head coach Jerry Jennings. She served as the Corsairs head coach for the past three seasons, compiling an overall record of 16-33. Booker mentored five All-Little East Conference selections, including the 2013 Rookie of the Year in Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth was also recognized as a team by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) All-Academic Squad in 2011 and 2012, while seven student-athletes garnered Little East Conference Spring All-Academic accolades.
This past spring, Booker led a young Corsair squad that was comprised of 10 underclassmen to a 4-12 mark. UMass Dartmouth won three of its four games during a midseason stretch between April 2 and April 10, defeating Salem State University, Framingham State University, and Fitchburg State University. The Corsairs failed to qualify for the annual Little East Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament after suffering four consecutive losses to close out the 2014 campaign.
In 2013, Booker guided UMass Dartmouth to the program's most successful season in terms of victories since 2008, posting an overall record of 7-9. The former University of Vermont standout midfielder also put an additional two wins between her 2012 record. Under her direction, Colleen Kane and Taylor Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) combined for 164 total points en route to earning All-Little East Conference, first-team honors. Kane registered the second highest single-season point total (85) in program history, while Corsano ranked third with 81 points.
Prior to her arrival at UMass Dartmouth, Booker served as the Wheaton College (Mass.) defensive coach and academic advisor for three seasons.