A 2010 National Champion and three-time ACC Champion at the University of Maryland, Colleen Dawson enters her fourth season as an assistant coach on the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse coaching staff in Spring 2018.
Dawson assists in all facets of the program, with a specific focus on mentoring SJU's draw control specialists and offensive unit.
In three seasons under Dawson's direction, Saint Joseph's has produced the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year in Rebecca Lane as well as nine All-Conference offensive players and one All-Conference draw control specialist.
The Hawks are 25-28 since Dawson has joined the staff, which includes a historic 11-7 season in 2017 in which the Hawks broke the program record for single-season wins and made their second consecutive A-10 postseason appearance and a 9-10 season in 2016 in which the Hawks turned in the third-highest, single-season win total in program history alongside a single-season, program-best eight A-10 wins and a trip to the A-10 postseason.
Dawson joined 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, and fundraising.
"I am extremely excited to welcome Colleen to our coaching staff at Saint Joseph's University," said head coach Alex Kahoe. "The championship experience that Colleen brings as a National Champion player at Maryland and the past two years with a Patriot League Championship at Loyola will help us as we prepare and develop our team. Colleen brings a passion and dedication that will immediately impact our student-athletes."
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 spent time 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.
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.
Dawson earned a bachelor's of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in May 2011.