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Hanover selects former Big Green assistant to coach girls lacrosse

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/13/2020 8:46:25 PM
Modified: 4/13/2020 8:46:21 PM

HANOVER — Sarah Martin wasn’t necessarily looking for a high school coaching job, but it found her nonetheless.

When the NHIAA girls lacrosse season starts, assuming it does, Martin will be at the helm of the Hanover High program. A former assistant coach with the Dartmouth College women’s lacrosse team, Martin replaces Chris Seibel, who was let go shortly before the start of what would have been the Marauders’ preseason.

Hanover athletic director Megan Sobel is the conduit through which Martin responded. The women worked together at Dartmouth, Sobel in athletic administration when Martin assisted former Big Green coach Amy Patton.

“Megan contacted me,” Martin said earlier this month. “I wanted to make sure it was a healthy place to jump into, if I needed to add to my crazy life. But I got a really good sense from Megan where the program is. She honestly convinced me it was a good time to jump into high school coaching.”

Even though she’s long removed from Dartmouth, Martin, who lives in Norwich, has maintained some sort of coaching connection pretty much the whole time.

A three-sport athlete (field hockey, basketball, lacrosse) at Middlebury College, Martin accepted an internship from the school after graduating in 1995, getting her first taste of coaching all three sports. Martin credits Middlebury coaching legend Missy Foote for helping her in those early experiences.

“She’s one of the most amazing, iconic coaches of all time,” Martin said.

After a four-year stint with the Panthers, Martin moved over to Dartmouth in time for the 2000 women’s lacrosse campaign. The Big Green went 114-74 in Martin’s 13 seasons with Patton, winning six Ivy League championships and making eight NCAA tournaments, highlighted by 2006’s national title game visit.

Having already given birth to daughter Jaime in 2007, the imminent arrival of twin sons Aidan and Owen led Martin to leave Dartmouth in 2012.

“Being pregnant with the boys and being in Division I coaching and being the head recruiting coordinator and the level that Amy and I were moving at wasn’t conducive to having a family,” Martin said.

Since then, Martin has worked with a now-defunct girls club program (Empower Lacrosse), spent a couple of seasons at Kimball Union Academy and kept her coaching skills sharp by working with her children. She’d already committed to guiding Jaime through her grades 7-8 lacrosse campaign when Martin answered Sobel’s sales pitch.

“Honestly, I’ve been doing coaching for all of the kids’ teams at the recreational level,” Martin said with a laugh. “I coach the boys. I coach Jaime. I coach basketball. It’s eternal.”

All spring sports remain on hold in New Hampshire. The NHIAA isn’t permitting practices to start until May 4, and games can’t begin until May 13 at the earliest.

The Marauders went 9-8 last year, losing in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals to Hollis-Brookline.

Greg Fennell can be reached at or 603-727-3226.

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