Drost, Gallion Join Delaware as New Assistant Lacrosse Coaches

NEWARK, Del. University of Delaware lacrosse head coach Kateri Linville announced Friday the hiring of Sarah Gallion and former Blue Hens standout Corrine Drost as assistant coaches.

Drost returns to her alma mater after she served two seasons in the same role at Lafayette College. Previously, she spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant coach with Linville and the Blue Hens. Gallion joins UD from a successful Jacksonville program where she was the assistant coach and defensive coordinator for three years.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to be back at Delaware," remarked Drost. "I am proud to see Delaware winning and competing in postseason play and honored that Kateri has brought me back on staff to help her take the program to the next level. I believe that Delaware has the potential to compete for championships and break into the national rankings. I look forward to working with Kateri, Sarah, and our student-athletes to achieve those goals."

In her two years at Lafayette, Drost recruited and coached academically driven student-athletes in the Mid-Atlantic region. She made an immediate impact on the program as she helped guide the Leopards to a Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2013, concluding one of the program's best seasons in recent history.

A four-time letterwinner and three-year starter for the Blue Hens from 2008 to 2011, Drost was a team captain her senior season. Over the course of her career, Drost improved her season goal total each year, including posting a career-best 30 in 2011 to finish with 70 for her tenure. Playing both the midfield and attack positions, Drost snagged 52 draw controls as well as collecting 44 groundballs. During her career, Delaware made back-to-back appearances in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, finishing as the league's runner-up in 2009.

Drost earned the team's Janet Smith "Grit Award," named for the long-time Blue Hens head coach who led Delaware from 1980-89 and collected three national championships.

A native of Parkton, Md., Drost was a two-sport standout at Hereford High School in Baltimore County. She graduated in May 2011 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in human services.

"Corrine is a hard worker and true competitor," commented Linville, who recently wrapped up her fourth season as the head coach of her alma mater. "As a former Blue Hen, Corrine understands the Delaware way. She believes in developing fitness, fundamentals, and team play. She will work diligently to help our student-athletes and team take their game day performance to the next level."

Linville continued, "During her tenure at Lafayette, Corrine has had the opportunity to hone her philosophy and leadership skills. She knows how to prepare, compete and lead a team to post-season play. I am confident that she will instill those values in our current student-athletes and help us build momentum in our transition offense and settled attack. Above all else, Corrine values her Delaware experience and is eager to share her passion for Blue Hens lacrosse with our student-athletes, recruits, families, alumni, and fans."

Gallion, a 2008 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, brings five years of coaching experience to the Hens. During her three years at JU, she helped transform the Dolphins from a startup program into a national contender with three conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. This past season, Jacksonville ranked in the top 10 nationally in six of eight NCAA statistical categories.

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2014-07-18



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