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.@SJUHawks_WLax names three assistant coaches

Friday, 26th September 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 9/26/14
From Press Release

Saint Joseph’s University has named Colleen Dawson (Maryland ’11), Katie Gallagher (Maryland ’10), and Becky Lynch (North Carolina ’12) to the women’s lacrosse coaching staff, it was announced by first-year head coach Alex Kahoe.

Dawson joins the Hawks after spending two years as the director of lacrosse operations at Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore, where she was primarily responsible for running day-to-day operations of the program, including but not limited to film breakdown, travel, and meals. Additionally, Dawson organized the inaugural “Houndraiser,” a silent auction fundraiser that raised over $11,000 for the women’s lacrosse program.

Dawson has coached at both the youth and high-school level with the Richmond Rapids and D1 Finish Line, respectively, and has years of experience with instructional camps and clinics; at both Maryland and Loyola, Dawson worked alongside coaching staffs to run maximum exposure camps and clinics and as a clinic instructor at Drawthority.

Dawson was a member of the Maryland women’s lacrosse program from 2008-11, helping the Terrapins to three consecutive ACC Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championship. The scholar-athlete also excelled in the classroom, where she earned ACC Student-Athlete Honor Roll recognition and was a member of the Leadership Group. Dawson earned a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology in May 2011.

Following her collegiate career, Dawson spent a year abroad working with and coaching youth lacrosse programs in Australia. She coached the Footscray U-17 Team to the 2012 Premiership title and led all scorers on the 2012 Footscray State League Team.

Dawson is a product of West Chester East High School, where she was a 2007 All-American, the All-Chester County Female Athlete of the Year, and an All-Conference and All-Area First Team selection.

Gallagher returns to Hawk Hill after spending the 2014 lacrosse season as the coach at Eastern High School in Voorhees, N.J. She coached for SJU during the 2011-12 campaign under former head coach Denise Roessler.

A 2010 graduate of the University of Maryland and five-year teammate of Dawson’s, Gallagher was a three-year starting defender for a Maryland program that won three consecutive ACC Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championship. She earned ACC All-Tournament Team and All-ACC honors en route to 2011 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coach’s Association All-American recognition. Gallagher was a four-year scholar-athlete at Maryland and earned an ACC Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Gallagher earned a bachelor’s of science degree in behavioral and community health in December 2010 and went on to earn a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing through an ACE program from Drexel University in May 2013.

Gallagher currently coaches for Step Up Lacrosse, where she develops and presents material on collegiate athletes and recruitment and delivers lacrosse training and education to athletes in areas within Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Washington D.C., Oregon, California and New Jersey. She spent six years with Elevate Lacrosse Camps in Baltimore, working with top head coaches to develop summer league camps and seminars regarding the recruitment process in Division I lacrosse.

Lynch enjoyed a decorated four-year career at the University of North Carolina, where she was a Tewaaraton Award Finalist, First-Team-All American, and All-ACC selection in 2012. She is UNC’s single-season and all-time career assist record holder and the Tar Heel in program history to be named to the All-ACC Tournament Team for four consecutive years. She was recognized as a “Leader of Distinction” in 2012 by the Carolina Leadership Academy. Lynch earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology in May 2012.

Lynch joins the Saint Joseph’s coaching staff after spending the past year as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater. At UNC, Lynch trained two All-ACC goalkeepers and worked with the scout team while assisting the offensive and defensive game strategies and execution.

She has also been involved in local lacrosse development, where she directed the “Young Guns” local youth lacrosse program and led numerous clinics at the high school level. As a camp instructor at both Carolina Lacrosse and Amonte Lacrosse since 2008, Lynch has worked camps and clinics for lacrosse players looking to improve their fundamental skills.

Lynch gained valuable experience working as a Lacrosse Ambassador for the English Lacrosse Association, out of Bedfordshire, England. She worked as a full-time physical education teacher at Bedford Girls School and as a lacrosse specialist.

She was inducted into the Garden City High School Sports Hall of Fame in June 2013 and is a current member of the United States National Women’s Lacrosse Team.



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