CASTLETON, Vt. – Josh Dionne has been named the next head women's lacrosse coach at Castleton University Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson announced Friday.
Dionne, a graduate of Duke University, comes to Castleton after one season at Proctor Academy where he coached boy's lacrosse. He was tasked with overseeing practice and game preparation, travel, budgets and scheduling.
"We are thrilled to welcome Josh to our staff," said Tyson. "The wealth of knowledge that he brings from both playing and coaching experience will be a great asset to Castleton. We are confident that he will help upkeep the tremendous track record of the program."
"I am honored and excited to join Castleton as the women's lacrosse head coach," said Dionne. "I want to thank Deanna Tyson for this incredible opportunity and for believing in my leadership abilities. The sport of lacrosse has given me everything and I am eager to share my passion with the amazing student-athletes here at Castleton."
Prior to Proctor Academy, Dionne spent two seasons as an assistant for the University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team where he was in charge of offensive game-planning, recruiting and scouting reports. While at UNC, Dionne helped guide the Tarheels to a national semi-final appearance as well as a pair of ACC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
Dionne also spent two years assisting the United States Naval Academy women's lacrosse program, where he developed and executed successful team culture on and off the field, ran summer camps, assisted in recruiting and organized film breakdown.
A standout lacrosse player for the Blue Devils, Dionne was drafted following his senior year with the 18th overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft. He graduated as Duke's eighth all-time leading goal scorer while ranking 20th in total points. He was a two-time USILA All-America Honorable Mention, and helped guide Duke to a pair of National Titles. His team reached the national semifinals in all four seasons in his time as a player.