Sept. 7, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-A former assistant coach at Wheaton College is the new head coach of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team.
Sarah Booker, who was an assistant at Wheaton for the past three years, will succeed longtime Head Coach Jerry Jennings, who has stepped down to take over UMass Dartmouth's new sailing program.
Booker served as the Lyons' defensive coach and academic advisor under Head Coach Emily Kiablick. Last year, Wheaton went 7-12 and advanced to the semi-finals of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference post-season tournament. The Lyons were also recognized as a member of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association Academic Squad as they posted a team grade point average of better than 3.0.
A native of Lexington, MA and a 2005 graduate of the University of Vermont, Booker played lacrosse, soccer and hockey at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School, twice serving as team captain. She starred as a midfielder at UVM, earning All-Conference honors in the America East Conference in 2003 and 2004, twice serving as team captain, and scoring 42 goals and adding 19 assists in 58 games. She led the Catamounts at least once in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers, and was named to the All-Championship Team in 2002. Named the team's Best defender in the same season, Booker earned the Coaches' Award as a senior.
Prior to attending Vermont, Booker was an assistant coach of the Buckingham Browne and Nichols middle school girls' lacrosse team, and a member of the administrative team at Camp Aloha Hive in Fairlee, VT from 1999 through 2006.
After her years at UVM, Booker was drawn back to the sport in which she had excelled. "I really missed being involved with it," said Booker. "I found the job at Wheaton on LaxPower, and they went to the semi-finals of the conference tournament last year. It's been a slow and steady climb."
UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day was enthusiastic. "I am excited to have someone of the caliber of Sarah Booker in charge of our women's lacrosse program," said Day. "She had a great career as a player, and she has a tremendous knowledge of the game."
Booker can't wait to get started. "I think UMass Dartmouth is a great place to be because of its programs and its location, and the athletic program seems to be strong right now," said Booker. "I'm very excited about the opportunity, I'm grateful to Ian Day and the search committee, and I can't wait to get started."
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE