Notre Dame Announces Lacrosse Staff Changes for 2013-2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. Former University of Notre Dame lacrosse assistant coach Sarah Dalton is returning to the Irish staff in 2014 and will be joined by James Madison associate head coach Katie Linnertz, third-year head coach Christine Halfpenny announced Friday.

Dalton coached with Halfpenny at William & Mary for two seasons and at Notre Dame in 2012, while Linnertz coached Dalton for two seasons at Boston University in 2008 and 2009 when the latter was putting up All-American numbers with the Terriers.

The two new assistants will team with Halfpenny to lead Notre Dame into the Atlantic Coast Conference after the Irish finished 25-10 with two NCAA Championship appearances in Halfpenny's first two seasons at the helm of the 17-year program.

Dalton replaces Jill Byers, who is returning to her hometown of Newport, N.Y., to work towards a masters in education while mentoring young lacrosse players in the area to help prepare them for the college game.

Linnertz replaces Jake Marmul, who after a year at Notre Dame is returning to his hometown of Detroit to use his coaching experience in order to help grow the game of lacrosse by introducing the sport to inner city youth and high school students.

"First I would like to thank both Jill (Byers) and Jake (Marmul) for all of their efforts last season," said Halfpenny. "They have both made decisions to follow respective passions while also being close to their families and hometowns. We wish them well and are excited to see the great impact they make in their chosen paths.

"With this change I couldn't be more excited about the new staff that we will be bringing to Notre Dame to embark upon uncharted territory in the ACC. The ACC is an incredible fit for Notre Dame athletics and in particular our lacrosse program. It's the best of the best from top to bottom. That includes not only the institutions and players but the coaching staffs that compete against each other. The addition of Katie Linnertz and the return of Sarah Dalton will position our team to compete for conference and national titles."

Sarah Dalton
Dalton makes her return to the Golden Dome after a year away from coaching where she worked for the national nonprofit organization College for Every Student, which is committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance for underserved youth in low income communities.

With the Irish in 2012, the Cornwall, Vt., native oversaw Notre Dame's offensive unit as the Irish finished 13-5 and qualified for both the Big East and NCAA Championships. Under Dalton's tutelage, the Irish finished 14th in the country in points (348) and 15th in scoring offense (13.39). She also helped coach second team All-American Maggie Tamasitis, who placed second in the country in assists (59), third in assists per game (3.28), 11th in points per game (4.56) and 13th in points (82).

"I am beyond excited to be able to return to Notre Dame and work with Chris and Katie," said Dalton. "In my year away from the sidelines I really missed working with the student-athletes daily and competing on a national level. Notre Dame has quickly become home to me and I'm looking forward to this coming year as we enter the ACC where we'll quickly look to compete for conference and national championships."

Prior to Notre Dame she served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at William & Mary for two years under Halfpenny.

Over her two-year stint at William & Mary, Dalton helped guide the Tribe to two of the most productive seasons offensively in the program's history, as the team's points and goal totals ranked among the school's single-season top-10 lists in each of the two campaigns under her direction.

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