Dartmouth Director of Athletics & Recreation Harry Sheehy has announced the hiring of Alex Frank as new head coach of the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team on July 2, 2019.
Frank becomes just the fifth head coach in the program’s 48-year history and comes to Hanover after spending the previous four seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Colorado. After her second season on the Buffaloes’ sideline, Frank was promoted to associate head coach under Ann Elliott Whidden.
“I am honored and privileged to be the next head women's lacrosse coach at Dartmouth,” Frank said. “I want to thank Athletics Director Harry Sheehy and Senior Associate Athletics Director Dr. Kristene Kelly for giving me the opportunity to begin my head coaching career with the Big Green.
“I am fortunate to have worked alongside and been mentored by some of the best coaches. I want to thank Colorado head coach Ann Elliott Whidden and Boston College head coach, Acacia Walker Weinstein for their continuing support over the last seven years,” Frank continued. “I want to thank Colorado Athletics Director Rick George for his guidance over the last four years and will forever be grateful to have been a part of the Colorado women's lacrosse family.”
In 2018, Frank and the Buffaloes finished as the Pac-12 Tournament runner-up and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, narrowly defeating the Big Green in a first-round contest. Under Frank’s guidance, Colorado reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years, winning in the first round in both 2018 and 2019.
Prior to her time in Boulder, Frank spent three seasons as an assistant with Boston College from 2013 to 2015. The Eagles posted a 42-18 mark in her three years on the Heights, reaching the national tournament three times, including a 2013 first-round game against Dartmouth in Syracuse.
At both Colorado and BC, Frank served as the recruiting coordinator, responsible for bringing in some of the nation’s best players at both schools that have turned each program into a power on the national stage. She has experience coaching in each area of the field as she was the Buffs’ offensive coordinator after working with the midfield and defense at Boston College.
Her coaching career followed a stellar playing career with Northwestern where she won three national titles (2009, 2011, 2012), was named an All-America player three times (2010, 2011, 2012) and was voted team captain as both a junior and senior. She graduated from Northwestern’s School of Communications in 2012 with a degree in radio, television and film and a minor in business institutions.
Frank was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team three times (2010-12) and, as a senior, she was honored as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year.
Frank played two seasons with outgoing head coach Danielle Spencer as members of the Wildcats, winning the 2010 national title together.
“The Dartmouth women's lacrosse program is rich in tradition. Previous coaches have created an incredible foundation for success, and I am excited to carry on the tradition of excellence. Dartmouth provides the student-athlete with an unparalleled college experience,” Frank said. “With the support of the athletic department, academic advisers and the passionate Dartmouth alumni, I will honor these traditions as well as bring new innovations to the Dartmouth women's lacrosse program.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
Harry Sheehy, Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation
“I am thrilled to welcome Alex to the Dartmouth community. Her passion for the game, competitive spirit and work ethic makes her a perfect fit here at Dartmouth. She is more than ready to continue the great trajectory of the women's lacrosse program and I look forward to working with her.”
Ann Elliott Whidden, Head Coach University of Colorado
“I want to thank Alex for all she has given to our program over the last four years. She has been an incredible mentor to our players and dedicated so many hours to helping me build our program into a consistent top-20 program in the nation. Alex will be greatly missed here at Colorado, but we wish her nothing but success at Dartmouth. This is such an exciting and well-deserved step for Alex in her career. I have no doubt Dartmouth is getting an incredible head coach and leader in Alex Frank. She is going to continue to build on the program’s success and compete for many championships there. This is the start of something very special for Alex and the Dartmouth program!”
Theresa "Tee" Ladouceur
Theresa "Tee" Ladouceur was named an assistant coach in August 2019, making the 2020 campaign her first with the Dartmouth women's lacrosse program.
Ladouceur (pronounced "LAD-uh-sir") was the first addition to the Big Green coaching staff under head coach Alex Frank.
Joining Dartmouth after two seasons at Denver, Ladouceur was instrumental in the success of a Pioneers team that reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal in 2019. As the offensive coordinator, she helped guide the Pioneers to 13.70 goals per game last season, a mark that ranked 31st in the nation. Ladouceur will have the opportunity to work with another gifted scoring team as the Big Green were seventh nationally and led all Ivy League teams with 16.0 goals per game this past spring.
Prior to her time in Denver, Ladouceur was the head coach of UC Davis during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Before moving to California, she was a resident of the New York State capital, working at both UAlbany (2013-15) and Rensselaer (2012).
“I am honored to officially become a part of the Big Green family,” Ladouceur said. “I've followed Alex's playing and coaching careers for the past decade, and I am excited to learn and work alongside one of the best in the country. Her knowledge of the game is truly unmatched, and what she’s done with the Boston College and Colorado programs has been remarkable to watch. She is going to continue to elevate this Dartmouth program, and I am looking forward to hitting the ground running with such an incredible staff and group of young women.”
A 2011 graduate of Syracuse, she played three seasons with the Orange, amassing 130 goals and 112 assists for 242 points in 68 games. While a member of the team, she earned IWLCA All-America Third Team honors as well as all-region first team recognition and was tabbed as a WomensLax.com All-American. Ladouceur began her collegiate career at Albany during the 2008 season where she scored 32 goals in just 11 games with the Great Danes.
A native of Slingerlands, New York, she graduated Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Ecology.