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Sarah Martin
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Middlebury
Graduating Year: 1995
Experience: 10 Years

Volunteer Assistant Coach Sarah Martin
As of January, 2012

Entering her 13th season on the Dartmouth sideline, Sarah Martin will serve as the Big Green's volunteer assistant coach. Martin has been an integral part of the Big Green’s success since joining the staff as an assistant coach in 1999 and was promoted to Dartmouth’s associate head coach in November, 2002. As a volunteer assistant, Martin will continue to work closely with the team, especially the defense.

Since coming to Hanover, Martin has helped Dartmouth win six Ivy League championships and make eight NCAA Tournament appearances. During her time, she has helped develop 25 first team All-Ivy athletes recognized 39 times. Dartmouth has had 10 first team All-America honorees in that time as well. With Martin's influence, 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 2011, Dartmouth returned to the national spotlight, winning the Ivy League Championship and earning an NCAA Tournament bid, ranking as high as 10th in the nation and snapping Maryland's 28-game winning streak. Under Martin's watchful eye, the Big Green's defense finished the season ranked seventh nationally, allowing a scoring average of just 8.44 goals per game. Senior defender Shannie MacKenzie ’11 earned her second-straight first team All-Ivy honor and was named an IWLCA All-America (second team) after picking up first team all-region honors.

Martin's primary assignments are working with the Dartmouth defense and recruiting, including targeting prospects and player assessment. Martin has played a critical role in putting together some of the finest recruiting classes in the nation during the past several seasons. She has helped the program nationalize its recruiting base, with players from as far West as Colorado and South to hotbeds Virginia and Maryland. However, Martin and Patton have recognized the talent that lies in their own backyard, tapping into New England's finest high school and club programs for a core group of talented, tough-minded players. The Class of 2013 hailed entirely from New England, with four of its members among the New England Lacrosse Journal's top-10 in the region.

Amongst the freshman through junior classes, as of 2010, Dartmouth has 14 US Lacrosse High School All-Americans in its ranks, including 11 first-team honorees.

With Martin overseeing the defensive end, the Big Green is perenially one of the nation’s and Ivy League’s top defensive teams. Colleen Olsen ’10 blossomed into one of the top defenders in the nation under Martin's tutelage and was named to the US National Developmental Team in 2009.  In 2010, Dartmouth's defense was tremendous, finishing the season ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense with just 7.97 goals allowed per game. Dartmouth led the nation at points during the season in that category and also ranked highly in caused turnovers and ground balls.

During Dartmouth’s spectacular run to the NCAA Championship game in 2006, the Big Green topped the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 6.80 goals per game, after being second in 2005. That year, the Big Green also led the country in ground balls and caused turnovers.

Prior to her arrival at Dartmouth, Marin spent eight years at Middlebury — four of them as a player and four as an assistant coach. From 1995-99, Martin worked as an assistant coach with the Panther women’s lacrosse, field hockey and women’s basketball programs. During that time, Middlebury won two NCAA Division III national lacrosse championships (1997, 1999) and advanced to the semifinal round two other times (1996, 1998). In field hockey, the Panthers won the 1998 NCAA Division III national title after capturing the ECAC Division III championship in 1997. Finally, the basketball team won the ECAC Division III championship in 1997, sandwiching that title between a pair of NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

Martin played all three sports at Middlebury from 1992-95, captaining every one of them and earning the school’s Bayard A. Russ Award as the outstanding female athlete. In lacrosse, she was an All-America and earned team MVP honors for Middlebury’s NCAA Division III semifinalist as a senior.   

Favorite food:
Chocolate chip pancakes
Favorite quote: We are shaped and defined by what and whom we love.”
What inspires me: Watching our Dartmouth teams, as they encounter challenges and successes, learn to become tougher, stronger, better players and at the same time better people.
What I love the most about Dartmouth teams: The collective passion, heart and pride they model and pursue, on and off the field.

Player Views
"Sarah is such an integral part to the success of the Dartmouth Lacrosse team. She is always there cheering us on and giving fantastic insight into the game. Sarah knows exactly what makes our defense work. Sarah's role on the team is far greater than that of volunteer coach. In short, she is the team mom! I could not even think to count the amount of times Sarah has listened to me (vent) about lacrosse and life in general. Sarah truly cares about our lives outside the gates of Scully-Fahey. I'm so happy I've had Sarah as a coach (and mom!) throughout my four years here at Dartmouth." - Georgia Bird ’12

“Sarah Martin has helped me grow as a player in ways I never would have imagined, completely transforming my game. It amazes me to think of how much I’ve learned so far. Sarah has such tremendous knowledge of the intricacies of playing defense and I love how she takes care to pull you aside to give you detailed, precise feedback on what you’re doing.
“She is one of the most patient people I have ever met and it’s part of what makes her such a great coach. At the same time you always get this strong, intense vibe from her that she is completely confident in you. That confidence challenges you to push yourself farther and work harder to play the way Sarah believes you can.”
- Colleen Olsen ’10

First and foremost, Sarah is a very cool woman. Besides the fact that her style puts us to shame, she just loves life and her passion is infectious. As a coach she is very patient, a quality that I remember distinctly from my freshman year as I struggled to grasp the concepts of Division I defense. She is patient but equally demanding. She makes you want to get better and want to go harder. Sarah has found a great balance between friend and coach and has won our love and respect.” - Michelle Shortsleeve ’07

Sarah Martin has been such an important aspect of the coaching staff. She has an ability to listen to you and understand you that no other coach can quite do. She has an incredible knowledge of the game, especially defense, but what is so special about Sarah is that she can add her kind, soft touch to such a rigorous and demanding sport. She brings such a lighthearted balance to this team, which I think is really important. While Sarah knows her stuff and can ‘get it done’ as is apparent by her All-America awards in college, she also knows when someone’s just needs a smile and some encouragement.- Margo Duke ’07