August 6, 2010

Evans Added as Dartmouth's Assistant

from press release

- Dartmouth women's lacrosse head coach Amy Patton has named former US National team member Allison Evans as her new first assistant coach. In addition to her impressive playing resume, which includes her collegiate lacrosse at William & Mary and a stint with the US team from 2006-07, Evans has coached at both her alma mater and Ivy foe Columbia University.

"We are pleased to have Allison join our staff as she brings a real passion for the game and thorough work ethic to our program," said Patton. "Alli has a creative eye for the game and will bring great enthusiasm to the field for our players. We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber both as a player and coach join our staff."

At Dartmouth, Evans' will take over as recruiting coordinator and defensive coach.

Evans' most recent stop was at Columbia, where she served as the Lions' top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the past year. On the field, she was primarily responsible for the defense and midfield players, mentoring two All-Ivy honorees in midfielder Taylor Gattinella and defender Amanda Goodhart.

Prior to her arrival in New York, Evans spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, William & Mary, for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In addition to recruiting, Evans worked closely with the midfielders and attack while helping her athletes set single-season team records for goals (244) and points (347) in 2009. During both of her seasons, the Tribe won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and achieved a top-20 ranking.

A midfielder by trade, Evans earned All-CAA honors in both 2002 as a junior and 2003 as a senior when she also served as team captain. She finished her collegiate career with 116 points. In 2006, Evans was named to the US National Elite Team and has also served as a coach's trainer for that program.

Prior to her collegiate coaching career, Evans served as a high school coach at Annandale High School in Virginia, her alma mater, from 2004-07. She served in that capacity while working as an asset analyst for the Mills Corporation and then a financial analyst for JPI real estate development. Evans also coached lacrosse for one year after her graduation (2003-04) at St. Mary's School in England.

Evans earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from William & Mary in 2003 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports management at Columbia.

Evans will fill the vacancy left by associate head coach Sarah Martin, who stepped down from her full-time position after 11 seasons. Martin, who will remain with Dartmouth as a volunteer assistant, has helped the Big Green to five Ivy League Championships and seven NCAA Tournaments including two final four appearances in 2004 and 2005. She has helped mentor 23 first team All-Ivy athletes recognized 35 times along with 10 first team All-America honorees. Martin has also  played a critical role in Dartmouth's recruiting efforts and the team's  defense, which has traditionally been among the best in the nation.

Dartmouth women's lacrosse returns 22 players and 10 starters to the field in 2011 on its quest for an 11th Ivy Championship and 12th NCAA Tournament bid.

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