Women’s lacrosse head coachhas resigned from her position, effective immediately. This decision followed an inquiry that led college officials to conclude that Patton engaged in conduct inconsistent with the standards of Dartmouth Athletics and that change is in the best interest of the program.
The inquiry, which began in April in response to a grievance and expanded based on information that was received, included interviews with Patton, current and former team members, assistant women’s lacrosse coaches, and other athletic department and college staff. The inquiry was conducted by, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for varsity sports and the division’s Senior Woman Administrator, and Catherine Lark, Director of College Risk and Internal Control Services.
Patton stated, “I adamantly disagree with the inquiry’s conclusion, as well as how the process was conducted. The assistant coaches and I care deeply about our players. We believe our coaching style has promoted personal growth among the players and produced women who can lead. I would like to thank my staff, the parents and players for their loyalty and support. Unfortunately, and sadly, I do not think it is possible for me to continue to work at Dartmouth.”
Patton, who served as head coach for 24 years and two years as an assistant, said, “Dartmouth women’s lacrosse has been a huge part of my life and I will treasure my time in Hanover. The players, coaches and my colleagues have taught me so much about life, and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with me.”
During her career at Dartmouth, Patton posted an overall record of 248-138 (.642) and an Ivy League record of 119-44 (.730). Highlights under her leadership include nine Ivy League championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, four trips to the Final Four and one NCAA Championship game appearance. During this time, Dartmouth women’s lacrosse was consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally, reaching the top 10 in 18 of those years. Patton has coached and developed 47 All-American players and 62 First-Team All-Ivy players during her career.The college will begin a national search immediately for a new head coach for women’s lacrosse.