As of June 2016
Patton completed her 24th season as head coach and her 26th with the program in 2016.
In 24 seasons as the head coach, Patton has led the Big Green to unprecedented success both within the Ivy League and on the national scale.
With 248 career wins, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine Ivy League championships and four NCAA Final Fours to her credit, Patton is one of the nation’s elite coaches. Beyond Hanover, Patton is an active part of U.S. Lacrosse, having recently served as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Developmental team.
Dartmouth has been a model of consistency under Patton, ranked in the IWLCA top-20 during all but two seasona that she has coached and has ranked in the top-10 nationally in 18 of those, including in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As a program, Dartmouth is one of just five teams to be ranked during every season from 1988 when the polls began through 2013.
In 24 years as Dartmouth's head coach, Patton owns a 248-138 overall record, 119-44 in Ivy League play, winning nearly 75 percent of Dartmouth’s conference games. Since her arrival in Hanover in 1993, the Big Green has reached double figures in wins 17 times and advanced past the NCAA First Round seven times. Patton’s teams are no strangers to perfection, five times winning the Ivy League unbeaten, most recently in 2005. From 1997-2001, Dartmouth won 22 consecutive Ancient Eight contests, en route to three-straight 7-0 championship seasons.
Dartmouth's defense has ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring defense seven times since 2002, including leading the nation in that category in 2006.
In 2012, Patton and the Big Green finally won the Ivy League Tournament Championship, taking down top-seeded Penn, 6-4, in the title game. The Green held the Quakers without a goal for 44 minutes to complete the comeback win two days after knocking off Cornell in a thrilling 9-8 game. In winning the crown, Dartmouth would advance to its 13th NCAA Tournament and the 12th since Patton took control of the program. The following season (2013) saw the team once again reach the national tournament, defeating BC in the first round for the program's first NCAA Tourney win since 2006.
Patton's 19th season at the helm (2011) was a special one in which Dartmouth won its 11th Ivy League Championship and made its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. Ranked as high as 10th nationally during the season, it marked a true return to glory for the Big Green, which had not won an Ivy title since 2005 and had not been to the postseason since 2006. Dartmouth also knocked off previously unbeaten No. 1 Maryland on May 1, snapping the Terps' 28-game winning-streak and becoming the first team other than North Carolina to beat Maryland since 2008.
Seven players were named All-Ivy in 2011 including the rare duo of both Ivy Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awarded to attack Kat Collins ’11 and goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello ’14, respectively. Both went on to earn IWLCA All-America second team honors along with defender Shannie MacKenzie ’11. Personally, Patton won her 200th career game overall against Vermont on March 3, 2011 and later won her 100th career Ivy game with the title-clinching win over Harvard on April 29.
In 2006, after starting the season at 6-4, Dartmouth stirred up the lacrosse world by going on an 8-1 run, storming to the NCAA national championship game. After an epic battle in front of a strong pro-Dartmouth crowd at Boston University’s Nickerson Field, the defending national champion Northwestern got past the Big Green, 7-4.
Perhaps most important, Dartmouth’s players develop both as athletes and people during their time in Hanover. Since 1993, Patton has coached 33 first team All-Ivy players honored 56 times. Also in that time, Dartmouth boasts 30 All-Americans honored 47 times, including 21 first-team honorees. Patton has mentored five Ivy League Players of the Year, four Ivy Rookies of the Year, a national player of the year and a national defensive player of the year.
Known for her work with goalkeepers, Patton’s recent netminders have had tremendous success on both the national and international scene. Most recently, Kristen Giovanniello ’14 became Dartmouth's first-ever freshman to earn All-America status, making the IWLCA Second Team in 2011 as the only freshman among 51 All-Americans that year. Devon Wills ’06, a three-time All-America and current member of the U.S. National Elite team, is regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world. First team All-Ivy goalie Sarah Hughes ’02 was part of the U.S. National program and earned All-America status. Goalkeeper Julie Wadland ’10, twice named first team All-Ivy, became the third-straight four-year netminder to earn All-America honors during her career, following in the footsteps of Hughes and Wills. She is also a member of the US National Developmental Team.
Two Patton-coached players saw success on the world stage when Wills and Whitney Douthett ’07 helped the United States to the 2009 Lacrosse World Cup Championship in Prague. Wills was named MVP of the championship game. Wills would go on to add another world title to her resume with Team USA in 2013, winning in Oshawa, Ontario.
Patton’s efforts have not gone unrewarded on a personal level. She was named the IWLCA National Coach of the Year in 1998, was one of three finalists for that honor in 1993 — her first season at the helm — and has been the Northeast Region’s Coach of the Year three times (1994, 1995, 1998).
Patton is a prominent member of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), serving as vice president of the IWLCA for two years. Most recently, Patton headed the Brine All-America selection committee and has served on the Tewaaraton Trophy selection committee. Patton was a U.S. Squad selector in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was also a member of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Committee and assistant coach for the U.S. National Developmental team in 1998-2000. Patton served as head coach of the developmental squad from 2006-09.
Patton is a 1988 Maryland graduate where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. As an athlete, Patton was a four-year letterwinner in both lacrosse and field hockey, earning All-America and All-ACC accolades. She was a member of Maryland’s 1986 NCAA national championship lacrosse team and earned the Terps’ scholar-athlete award.
Amy resides in Hanover, with her daughter Jaime (8) and twin sons Owen and Aidan (5).
Amy Patton at Dartmouth
|1993||11||4||0||NCAA 1st Round||1993||4||2||0||Third Place|
|1995||12||3||0||NCAA Semifinals||1995||6||0||0||First Place|
|1998||13||3||0||NCAA Semifinals||1998||7||0||0||First Place|
|1999||11||5||0||NCAA Quarters||1999||7||0||0||First Place|
|2000||11||5||0||NCAA 1st Round||2000||7||0||0||First Place|
|2001||13||4||0||NCAA Quarters||2001||6||1||0||T-First Place|
|2003||11||5||0||NCAA Quarters||2003||6||1||0||T-First Place|
|2004||11||6||0||NCAA Quarters||2004||6||1||0||Second Place|
|2005||16||3||0||NCAA Semifinals||2005||7||0||0||First Place|
|2006||14||6||0||NCAA Finals||2006||5||2||0||Third Place|
|2011||11||5||0||NCAA 1st Round||2011||6||1||0||T-FIRST Place|
|2012||12||5||0||NCAA 1st Round||2012||5||2||0||Second Place|
|2013||11||8||0||NCAA 2nd Round||2013||5||2||0||Third Place|
|Totals||248||138||0||.642 Winning Percentage||Totals||116||40||0||.730 Winning Percentage|
Amy Patton’s Record vs. All Opponents
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Amy Patton’s Coaching Influence
Devon Wills ’06 — Current assistant coach at USC
Katieanne Christian ’05 — Former assistant coach at Boston College
Katy Cuneo ’02 — Former assistant coach at North Carolina
Jen Newitt ’02 — Former assistant at Notre Dame, former volunteer assistant at Penn
Amy Zimmer ’01— Former first assistant at Syracuse; former volunteer assistant at Dartmouth
Sarah Hughes ’02 — Former assistant at Albany, former assistant at Stanford
Melissa Frazier ’00 — Former assistant at Columbia
Kate Graw ’00 — Former assistant at Dartmouth, former volunteer coach at Georgetown
Lauren Holleran ’95 — Former assistant at Harvard, Former assistant at Cal-Berkeley
Marianne Bocock Doyle ’92 — Former first assistant at Dartmouth
Kelly Hannigan ’97 — Former assistant at Dartmouth
Julie Wadland ’10 — Volunter assistant coach at Dartmouth