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HANOVER, N.H. – Head volleyball coach Gilad Doron has announced the hiring of Olivia Lathrop as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2018 season. Lathrop spent the last two years as a graduate assistant at DeSales University.

“I am thrilled to add Olivia to our program,” Doron said. “She has the desire to learn and grow as a coach. Olivia brings great energy and passion to our program. I am looking forward to her taking on the recruiting coordinator role while helping our middles improve.  She has a great academic reputation which is always important when working to help shape young student-athletes in a rigorous academic environment like Dartmouth.” 

While in Center Valley, Lathrop assisted with practice planning, team management, travel arrangements and recruiting. Lathrop helped lead the 2017 team to an undefeated conference record for the first time in a decade and was part of the staff that coached both the 2016 and 2017 teams to the MAC Freedom Conference Championship. 

Lathrop started her collegiate volleyball career at Southern Connecticut State (2012-14) before transferring to Western New England University (2014-16). While at WNE, she was captain, all-conference, academic all-conference and a Student Athletic Advisory Committee member.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Coach Doron for the opportunity to join his staff and become a part of the Dartmouth volleyball program,” Lathrop said. “I am excited to represent the Big Green and the Ivy League on and off the volleyball court and to bring my knowledge and passion for the game to this team of incredible young women.”

She graduated summa cum laude in 2016 with a degree in sport management and a minor in athletic coaching. Lathrop was pursuing a master’s in business administration while at DeSales. In 2015-16, she was a member of the professional team the New England Midnight Riders, a team that plays in the Premier Volleyball League.