Campbell Hires Easley as New Head Coach
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell Athletics Director Bob Roller announced today the hiring of Dawn Easley, former head coach at Pfeiffer, as the head women's lacrosse coach. Easley will bring with her assistant Jessica Moulton, and will join current CU assistant Ashley Bruns as the coaching staff for Campbell's lacrosse program in its second season.
Easley has been the head coach at Pfeiffer for the past five seasons, leading the Falcons to a 58-31 overall record, and was seven wins shy of becoming the all-time leader in coaching wins. She was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year in 2010 and steered the Falcons to five winning seasons and a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2013.
"Dawn has been a winner as a player and as a coach," Roller said. "She impressed me from the beginning with her work ethic and desire to build a championship program at Campbell. We are fortunate to hire her and welcome Dawn, Joe and Caleb to Campbell."
The coaching trio will take over a program that went 6-7 in its inaugural season and is led by the senior trio of Taelar Errington, Cloey Henchcliffe, and Brittany Kincer. The Camels return 12 players and welcome 12 newcomers to Buies Creek.
"I'm really excited about coming to Campbell," Easley said after arriving to campus. "I'm excited about having the ability to start with a new program, almost from scratch, and build on what has already been established and take the program to being a conference competitor on a regular basis. I want to make Campbell a name in the lacrosse world. I'm looking forward to meeting the girls and working with them because I know they're very talented. I've heard a lot of great things and I'm excited about doing something new and challenging."
A 2005 Pfeiffer graduate, Easley served as the Falcons' assistant coach from 2007-08 before taking the reigns as head coach. As a player, Easley twice served as the team's co-captain and received numerous accolades, including First Team CVAC All-Conference, First Team All-Region, Second Team Inside Lacrosse All-American, as well as First Team womenslacrosse.com All-American.
She finished her career 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.
In the summer of 2013, Easley competed in the FIL World Cup for the Haudenosaunee nation. She led her team to a seventh-place finish and scored a goal in each of the team's first six contests. She finished the competition with 11 goals, two assists, five ground balls and 14 draw controls in eight games.
Easley received a BA in Sports Management from Pfeiffer with a minor in Business Administration in 2005. She obtained her Masters in Sports Management from the United Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. in 2007. She spent the 2005-06 school year teaching and coaching lacrosse at Ampleforth College in York, England.
Easley and her husband Joe, also a 2005 Pfeiffer graduate and four-year member of the basketball team, reside in Albemarle with their son Caleb.
Pfeiffer Press Release:
MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Dawn Easley has resigned as the Pfeiffer women's lacrosse coach to take the same position at Campbell University. Easley will guide the Fighting 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.