By Michael Cotton, Currier Times Staff//
Last month, Curry College hired Sarah Dacey as the new Women’s Soccer Head Coach, as well as the interim-Head Coach for the Women’s Lacrosse Team. Her start at Curry has been a whirlwind.
“Everything’s been fast-paced so far,” said Dacey. “I literally walked into my first lacrosse practice here at Curry, which was also my first time meeting the girls”
Dacey’s commitment to making teams better stems back to her own days of playing both soccer and lacrosse.
Dacey began playing soccer at a young age and started playing lacrosse in high school, she eventually went on to play both sports during her years in college at the University of North Carolina. Within this time, Dacey managed to help her team obtain three NCAA national championships and two trips to the NCAA final four, Dacey was also named an All-American athlete twice.
After college Dacey played soccer professionally in the Women’s United Soccer Association (“WUSA”). During her time playing professional soccer, Dacey played for the Boston Breakers and the North Carolina Courage. Shortly after her professional soccer career came to an end, Dacey decided to take her passion for sports into another direction by coaching both soccer and lacrosse.
Dacey’s coaching career began at Babson College where she began as an assistant coach and eventually became the head coach; she was at Babson between 2005 and 2009. After her four years at Babson College, Dacey moved on to coach lacrosse at Wellesley High School.
Dacey would eventually land back in college as a coach as she coached at Barry University in Miami, Florida from 2015 to 2019. Barry University is also where Dacey was awarded the “Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year” twice for her dedication and ability to coach a team at a high level.
Coach Dacey spent a couple of years at Hingham High School where she was the head coach of the women’s soccer team, securing a 32-2-2 record, before ending up here. She has one specific goal at Curry.
“I want to help these teams be as successful as they can,” she said.
Each day, each practice, she is trying to make the team better.
“I definitely foresee the team [lacrosse] competing in the conference and having more overall success under my guidance,” Dacey said. “Same thing goes for my soccer girls.”