Michael Daly (‘90) became the eighth head coach in the
34-year history of the UNH women’s lacrosse program on August
3, 2009. This is Daly's second coaching stint at his alma mater. He
initially joined the program as an assistant coach in July 2007 and
remained the primary assistant until September 2008.
In his first season at the helm, Daly guided the Wildcats to a 10-7 overall record and an America East-record 13th consecutive league tournament appearance. The 'Cats opened the 2010 season with four consecutive wins, including a defeat of intrastate rival Dartmouth College for the first time since 1991, to climb as high as No. 15 in the IWLCA national poll and mark the best UNH start since 1989. New Hampshire recorded 100 total assists for just the second time in program history and led America East in both assists and assists per game.
As an assistant at UNH, Daly aided in numerous phases of the program, including recruiting, practice and game preparation, budget and team travel, fundraising and community service. The 2008 Wildcats received an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, finished 13-6 overall and ranked No. 6 in the nation defensively.
Prior to the 2007-08 year at UNH, Daly was head coach at Stonehill College (Easton, Mass.), where he compiled a 140-27 record in nine seasons and was named IWLCA Division II National Coach of the Year three times (1999, 2003, 2005). He led the Skyhawks to the Division II national championship in 2003 and 2005 – and a runner-up finish in ’02 – as part of a seven-year span in which the team advanced to the semifinals five times.
Daly guided Stonehill to nine consecutive conference regular-season titles (1999-2007), which included eight undefeated league marks, and eight straight conference tourney championships (2000-07). As a result of his program’s excellence, Daly was honored as Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year a total of six times, including the 2002 through 2006 seasons.
In addition to overseeing every aspect of the
women’s lacrosse program, Daly held the title of Assistant
Director of Athletics at Stonehill College and as such he directed,
scheduled and staffed all athletic facilities for practices,
competitions, special events, fundraising activities and NCAA
tournament events; and administered the equipment, facilities and
capital budget. Furthermore, Daly served as an academic advisor and
was also involved with the NCAA Lifeskills program and
Between his coaching stints at UNH, Daly worked at C.E. Communication Services, Inc. (Franklin, Mass.), where he served as the marketing director and webmaster, and also oversaw government sales.