Equestrian Head Coach Meredith Arden Resigns

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Equestrian Head Coach Meredith Arden has resigned.

Arden, who replaced Katelyn Medeiros after the 2008-09 season, served as the head coach for three seasons. She is going to concentrate on her career in nursing.

During Arden's tenure, the Corsairs qualified their first team rider for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Finals in Kentucky, as well as qualifying several riders for both regional and zone finals.

"I enjoyed a wonderful three years as head coach for the Corsairs," said Arden. "Our highlights included seeing our first team qualified rider compete at the IHSA National Finals, taking numerous riders to regional and zone finals, and generating interest and awareness of the equestrian team on campus. My final year as head coach saw us have one of the biggest rosters we have ever had with 23 riders. When I took over the team in 2009, we were the last place team in the region. My three years as head coach have seen us finishing fourth, fifth and fifth, respectively."

Arden said that although she is leaving UMass Dartmouth, she will remain involved with riding. "Although I am sad to leave the Corsairs, I will still remain involved with horses, although not on a professional level," said Arden. "I am looking forward to helping in the transition to a new coach, and to hearing about the continued success of the team."

"I want to thank Meredith for all of her hard work and success she has brought to the program," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "She recruited a number of excellent riders to the team. A search will be conducted to hire a new coach."