Jan. 29, 2010
Rome, Ga. - Shorter College Director of Athletics Bill Peterson announced today the hiring of Brittni Dulaney as the institution's first-ever women's lacrosse coach.
Dulaney, a Rome native who played her prep lacrosse at Darlington School, is charged with leading one of three new programs slated to begin competition on the Hill in 2010-11 alongside varsity wrestling and varsity men's lacrosse.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to be the first women's lacrosse coach at Shorter College," said Dulaney. "I look forward to laying the foundation for the fastest growing collegiate sport in the country and I am thrilled to come back to Rome."
"I could not more pleased with our selection of Brittni Dulaney to lead our women's lacrosse program," said Peterson. "Obviously, we are extremely excited to have someone with such an outstanding background in lacrosse. Moreover, Brittni's character and strong Christian leadership will be a welcome addition to our athletic department."
Dulaney began playing lacrosse at Darlington where she was a three-time All-State selection and three-time team Most Valuable Player while also earning Academic All-America honors in her junior and senior seasons.
Dulaney went on to play collegiate lacrosse at NCAA Division I Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., where she has scored 64 goals and registered over 90 points in three seasons with the Blue Hose.
She was named Rookie of the Year in 2007 and to the National Lacrosse Conference All-Tournament Team as a junior co-captain in 2009, as she tied for the team-lead in goals (28) and ranked second on her team in points (44).
Dulaney has one more season of eligibility with the Blue Hose in 2010 and in May, will earn her degree in Mathematics with a concentration in teaching and a minor in Spanish.
Upon receiving her degree, Dulaney will begin her journey with the Lady Hawks' brand new lacrosse program, something she admits will be a challenge, but a task for which she feels prepared following her collegiate playing experience at Presbyterian.
Presbyterian was in its second year of transition from a club sport to a varsity NCAA II program when she arrived as a freshman and completed the transition to NCAA Division I prior to her junior campaign.
"One of the biggest challenges will be recruiting student-athletes to a new program and starting from scratch," Dulaney said. "This will be a challenge, but I am very familiar with the process. Going through the same types of experiences as a player has really prepared me for what is to come in these new transitions at Shorter."
Another challenge lies in educating the public about the sport of lacrosse, which has slowly crept into the southeastern United States after enjoying rampant popularity in the northeast and western region of the country for years.
"Lacrosse is a young sport in the state of Georgia, but lacrosse around the country is huge," Dulaney said. "I plan to have camps and clinics to educate the community. I would love to expand the sport into other local high schools and create more opportunities for youth involvement in the area."
The Lady Hawks will begin competition in the spring of 2011 with home games to be played on Ben Brady Field.