Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Nan Carney-DeBord has announced the hiring of Amanda Daniels as Denison's head women's lacrosse coach and associate professor of physical education. Daniels comes to Denison after five seasons as the head women's lacrosse coach at Morrisville State College (N.Y.).
At Morrisville State, Daniels posted a 41-41 record while leading the Mustangs to the program's first North Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2012. That season she was named the NEAC Coach of the Year after her squad posted a program-best 13-6 record after going 9-0 in conference play.
"We are pleased to have Amanda join the Denison community," Carney-DeBord said. "She brings college head coaching experience and has displayed an ability to mentor and develop young women. I would like to thank the hiring committee for their diligence in reviewing an exceptional pool of candidates. We believe that this is a destination job within the Division III lacrosse landscape and we are confident that Amanda will bring energy and stability to the position for years to come."
"I am honored to have been selected and accept the position of head women's coach and associate professor at Denison University," said Daniels. "I would like to thank Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord and the entire hiring committee for allowing me this opportunity. Denison is a place where student-athletes can truly thrive both academically and athletically and I am excited to play a role in that process. Women's lacrosse has a strong tradition at Denison and I cannot wait to begin working with the student-athletes to continue to develop and grow the program's success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community."
Prior to her head coaching stint at Morrisville State, Daniels spent one year as the assistant women's lacrosse coach and assistant women's soccer coach at Hamilton College (N.Y.). While at Hamilton, Daniels helped guide the women's lacrosse team to a 21-1 record and the program's first NCAA Division III Championship in 2008. As a member of the women's soccer coach staff at Hamilton in 2007 that team would go on to post a 16-2-2 record while advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals.
A 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Daniels was a four-time first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in women's lacrosse. She was a part of two MAAC Tournament championship teams and two NCAA Division I Tournament teams in in 2002 and 2003. She served as a team captain in 2003 and left Le Moyne with 190 career points. Daniels was also a four-year member of the women's soccer team at Le Moyne where she led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior.
After graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English and communication, Daniels would go on to receive a masters' degree in New Media from Syracuse University's esteemed SI Newhouse School of Communications in 2004. While attending graduate school, Daniels spent one season as a part-time assistant coach at Le Moyne.
Following graduate school, Daniels would spend one year as the head lacrosse coach at Uppingham School in Rutland, England. After returning to the United States in the fall of 2005, Daniels accepted a position with Windstar Studios as an account executive, video editor and script writer. In 2007 Daniels would make her return to coaching at Hamilton.
Daniels will begin her coaching and teaching duties at Denison on Sept. 16. She takes over for Kristin Ramey who recently accepted the head coaching position at her alma mater, McDaniel College (Md.). Denison women's lacrosse boasts one of the top winning percentages of any NCAA Division III program at 372-169-4 (.686). Daniels is the 10th head coach in the program's 38-year history.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and NCAA Division III, nearly one-fourth of Denison's 2,100 full-time undergraduate students participate in athletics at the varsity level. Denison is among the nation's leaders in NCAA Postgraduate recipients and Academic All-America award-winners, and the college's 13 NCAC All-Sports Championships is a conference record.