MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Dawn Easley has resigned as the Pfeiffer women’s lacrosse coach to take the same position at Campbell University, effective Jan. 2. Easley will guide the Camels program that is in its second year of existence and leaves Pfeiffer with the second most wins in school history.
“Obviously we are very sad to lose Dawn,” said Athletic Director/VP for Athletics Bob Reasso. “She’s taking over a Division I program so her time at Pfeiffer has served her very well. We are excited for her and wish her the best of luck.”
In her five seasons at her alma mater, Easley amassed a 58-31 record and a .651 winning percentage. She was seven wins shy of becoming the all-time leader in coaching wins and posted a 29-9 mark in Conference Carolinas play. Easley has led her team to a winning record every season she has been at the helm and double-digit win totals in four of her five seasons. She was named the Conference Coach of the Year in 2010.
Last season, Easley led the Lady Falcons to a 14-3 record, 5-1 conference mark and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 14 wins are second-most in school history and the Tournament showing was the team’s first ever NCAA appearance. She led Pfeiffer to a 10-0 home record and two victories over top-15 ranked teams, including a 10-8 win over No. 2 Le Moyne on March 6. Eight different players earned All-Conference selections, highlighted by Shannon Bonnel, who was named the conference’s Co-Player of the Year. Easley’s defensive unit was the best in the nation, allowing only 6.12 goals per game and Katherine Athens earned the Conference Defender of the Year award.
Easley was a four-year starter for the Falcons from 2001-2005 and had a two-year stint as Pfeiffer’s assistant coach from 2007-08 before being promoted to head coach the following season. She is currently fifth all-time in points (102), third in goals (78) and fourth in groundballs (149), while leading the Lady Falcons to back-to-back Conference Championships in ’04 and ’05.
“I have been involved in Pfeiffer in so many ways and have been here for 12 years,” said Easley. “I have become so attached to so many people that I feel like Pfeiffer is my family. I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls or a more supportive administration than I had here. However, the opportunity to build a program in its earliest stages at Campbell is a tremendous opportunity.”
Easley will join former teammate and Pfeiffer Hall of Famer Lyndsey Boswell in the Big South Conference. Boswell is the head coach of High Point University.
A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.