Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/18/11
From Press Releases
West Chester East alum Brendan Dawson has been picked to be the new men’s lacrosse coach at Widener University.
Dawson arrives after serving one season as the first men’s lacrosse coach at Aurora University (WI), building the program from scratch. The Spartans ended the campaign 11-6 and qualified for the Midwest Men’s Lacrosse Conference Tournament as a No. 3 seed after being picked seventh in the preseason poll. Eight players from that squad were picked all-conference and Dawson was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Dawson recruited over 30 players to compete last season and an additional 25 to come to Aurora this year. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, handled game management duties for other sports and developed the Spartan Academic Greatness plan to help guide his student-athletes.
He also served one year as an assistant coach at Dickinson in 2009 and was a graduate assistant coach at Salisbury in 2007 and 2008.
Dawson replaces Jamie Lockard, who resigned this summer to take a similar post at Wheaton College (MA).
Dawson had a strong four-year career at Salisbury, helping the team to Division III NCAA championships in 2003 and 2004. He was named first team All-Capital Athletic Conference in 2002, was a member of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2003-04, was picked team captain his last two years and helped the Seagulls notch a 58-7 record during his time.
Dawson played club lacrosse for the Duke’s L.C.
Dawson graduated Salisbury in 2004 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He got his M.A. in Teaching from Salisbury in 2008.
“Thank you to Director of Athletics Jack Shafer, the search committee and the Widener University community for giving me the opportunity to be the next head men’s lacrosse coach,” Dawson said. “I feel privileged to build upon the great foundation that has been laid by the previous coaches and alumni. I am looking forward to arriving on campus and getting to work.”
“I would also like to thank Aurora University for providing me the chance to start their program. It was a memorable experience and I will miss the great relationships I built over the years at Aurora.”
Widener has won a league-record 13 Middle Atlantic Conference titles, including the last two, and has played in the NCAA Tournament nine times. The Pride (15-3, 11-0 MAC) last year broke the school record for most wins and established a new team mark with a 13-game winning streak.