Ashley Dyer Named Lacrosse Head Coach at Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine -- The Department of Athletics at the University of Southern Maine today announced that Ashley Dyer has been named head coach for women's lacrosse effective immediately. Dyer becomes the sixth head coach in the history of the Huskies' program, replacing Lauren Reid who departed after six seasons to take another coaching position.

A two-time Little East Conference selection, Dyer played three seasons (2005-2007) for the Huskies following her transfer from Colby-Sawyer College. In 44 games, Dyer scored 56 goals and passed out 30 assists for 86 points, and also collected 62 ground balls. She was named to the All-Little East Conference second team at midfield in 2006, and the second team in 2007 at attack. At the end of her career, she held the school career assist record.

"I can't thank the University enough for this great opportunity, and I look forward to meeting with the players to discuss our goals for the upcoming season," commented Dyer. "I'm very excited to begin my new journey in the coaching world here at USM. I look forward to teaching and coaching a group of players whom I've watched over the years (as an assistant coach at the University of New England) be so successful and brought women's lacrosse to another level."

Dyer spent the last three years as an assistant coach at UNE under the guidance of her former coach Sue (Frost) Estabrook. During those three seasons, the Nor'easters compiled a combined 28-23 record and advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs each season, including appearances in the semifinals in 2012 and 2013. She spent this summer coaching a team for American International Sports Tours that placed second at the Praque Cup. Dyer began her coaching career in 2008 with a four-year stint (2008-11) as the girls' varsity lacrosse head coach at Gorham (Maine) High School.

"It's exciting to welcome Ashley back to USM," said Al Bean, Director of Athletics at USM. "She was an outstanding player at USM and has continued to make a difference in the sport of lacrosse since her graduation. She has great enthusiasm, is proud of her affiliation with USM and is committed to working with student-athletes to maximize their potential in the classroom and on the field."

A co-captain for the Huskies 2006 team and tri-captain in 2007, Dyer completed her bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation at USM in 2009.


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