A 2010 National Champion and three-time ACC Champion at the University of Maryland, Colleen Dawson wrapped up 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.
The Hawks are 37-35 since Dawson has joined the staff and have made three consecutive A-10 postseason appearances (2016-18).
In four 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 13 All-Conference offensive players and one All-Conference draw control specialist.
In 2018, one of the most historic seasons in Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse history, Dawson helped guide the Hawks to a 12-7 overall record as SJU broke the record for wins in a season for the second year in a row. Saint Joseph's finished the A-10 regular season with a 7-2 record for the third consecutive year to finish third in the league and earned an A-10 quarterfinal win over George Mason as the Hawks reached the A-10 semifinals for the third year in a row. SJU broke program records in points (389), goals (262), assists (127), and shots (618), all improvements on records broken the previous season, and under Dawson's eye, Lane broke the program record for assists (73) and became the eighth Hawk in program history to reach 100 career goals, as a junior.
The Hawks won eight A-10 games between the regular season and postseason in 2018, matching the most single-season league wins in program history. In the midst of those eight wins, the Hawks earned seven consecutive victories from April 8 through May 3, marking the longest winning streak in program history.
Dawson was also onboard for the 2017 season, in which the Hawks went 11-7 to break the then-program record for single-season wins, made their second consecutive A-10 postseason appearance, and broke the program records for points, goals, assists, and shots in a single season, and for the 2016 season, in which the Hawks went 9-10 to turn in the then-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 and an M.S. in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph's University in May 2018.