DURHAM, N.H. — University of New Hampshire head women's lacrosse coach Michael Daly will not be returning to the program after four season, three of which directing the Wildcats.The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.
During his tenure as UNH head coach, Daly led the team to two America East Conference championship appearances and three marquee program victories: over Dartmouth (2010), the first win for UNH vs. the Big Green since 1990, over rival Boston University (2011), first win against the Terriers after 13 consecutive losses; and vs. national power Vanderbilt (2012), a key win for the young program over a top 12 nationally ranked opponent.
Daly led UNH to a 23-27 overall record in three years and each season the Wildcats ranked in the top tier of Division I teams for caused turnovers and ground balls, a testament to UNH's transition defense and team's focus on taking pride in the ride, a hallmark of Daly's tenure. In his first season at the helm, Daly guided the 'Cats to a 10-7 overall record in which they started the season 4-0 and climbed as high as No. 15 in the national poll. Daly also enjoyed coaching success at UNH as an Asst. Coach for the program during the 2007-08 season, helping lead the Wildcats to an NCAA Championship at-large bid, a 13-6 record and No. 13 final ranking nationally.
"It has been an honor and pleasure to serve as the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at the University of New Hampshire, my alma mater, these past three years," Daly said. "I have enjoyed the journey coaching the Wildcats these past three seasons and working with the talented and motivated student-athletes that make UNH such a special place. I have tremendous belief in the players in the program and the players coming to UNH. I truly believe the UNH Women's Lacrosse program will be very strong for years to come and is poised for greatness."
A national search to fill the position is underway.