HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth women’s lacrosse head coach Danielle Spencer has announced two additions to her coaching staff for the upcoming 2018 season.
Joining the Big Green for the spring are Nicole Flores and Morgan McDonald. Flores will serve as an assistant coach, while McDonald comes aboard as a volunteer assistant.
“I am so excited to add not just one, but two amazing coaches and role models to our staff,” Spencer said.
Flores comes to Hanover after a season in Hartford, working as a member of the coaching staff at Trinity. In her one season, the Bantams reached the Division III national semifinals, falling one game short of the national championship.
The Branford, Connecticut, native’s time at Trinity followed a stint at Bowdoin College, where she worked from 2014 through 2016. During her time with the Polar Bears, she was part of a staff that helped lead the program to the 2015 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Game as well as to the NCAA Division III Sweet-16.
Previous coaching experience also came from time at Union (2011-14) and Eastern Connecticut (2009-11) following the completion of her collegiate playing career at Springfield in 2009. While a student-athlete with the Pride, she was a first-team all-conference player and team captain as a senior.
“Nicole brings a ton of experience and perspective to our program. She has worked under great coaches and mentors, and is known for her work ethic and teaching ability,” Spencer remarked. “She will help us in all areas of the program, but is particularly strong on the defensive end of the ball.”
McDonald finds herself in Hanover for the 2018 season after several seasons working in the high school ranks in both Ohio and Texas. Most recently, she was the head coach of the varsity team at Indian Hill High School in Ohio where she guided her team to the Division II State Championship. McDonald was rewarded for her role, being named the 2017 Cincinnati Enquirer DII Ohio Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Before moving to Ohio, McDonald served as the program director and head coach of the varsity team at McKinney High School in Texas from 2012-15. In her final season, McDonald led her squad to the DII Texas State Championship in 2015. Additionally in both Texas and Ohio, McDonald worked in a head coaching capacity for local club teams, mentoring young players and guiding them in the NCAA recruiting process.
McDonald graduated from Embry-Riddle in 2011 with a degree in aeronautics after playing two years of Division I lacrosse at St. Mary’s College of California during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
“Morgan has won two state championships in two different states as a high school coach; clearly, she knows how to lead a team,” the second-year head coach said. “She brings great enthusiasm, energy, and ideas to our staff and team.
“This is a very exciting time for our program,” Spencer continued. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Flo and Morgan!”
Flores, McDonald, Spencer and the rest of the Big Green staff and players open the 2018 season on Feb. 17 at UMass. Dartmouth kicks off the home portion of the schedule on Feb. 21 against in-state rival New Hampshire.