Dawn Chamberlin
Dawn Chamberlin
Title: Associate Athletic Director/Head Coach/SWA
Phone: 410.548.2588
Email: drchamberlin@salisbury.edu
Year: 30th
Previous College: Iowa '85

Dawn Chamberlin is the most successful field hockey coach in Salisbury University history and is one of the all-time greats in Division III. Chamberlin was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame on January 17, 2009 as one of six honorees in the Class of 2008.

Chamberlin completed her 30th season at the helm for the Sea Gulls in 2016 leading the team back to the National Championship weekend, where Salisbury fell in the national semifinals. The Sea Gulls went 18-2 in 2016 -- the eighth 18-plus win season for Chamberlin. Salisbury picked up six all-conference picks, including Hannah Miller being named the Player of the Year, while two Sea Gulls were named All-Americans.

During the 2015 season, Salisbury won the Capital Athletic Conference championship for the third consecutive year, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the 31st time in program history. Four Sea Gulls were named to the All-Region Teams with two on the first team.

In 2014, the Sea Gulls advanced to the national championship weekend for the second time in a row, playing in the national semifinals for the 13th time in program history. Salisbury had two players named All-Americans, while seven were named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference team following the program's 18th CAC title. The Gulls went 19-2 on the season, 6-0 in the CAC.

Chamberlin earned her 400th career win on Sept. 29, 2012, to become just the fifth field hockey coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the milestone. She also became the 12th field hockey coach to win 400 at any NCAA level.

Coach Chamberlin talks over game strategy with a student-athlete during a game. The Sea Gulls have transformed into a national powerhouse under  Chamberlin's guidance as the program became the first-ever in Division III to win three straight national championships (2003-05). Additionally, Chamberlin captured her fourth national title in 2009. Salisbury advanced to the semifinal round in 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2013, and advanced to the national championship game in 2013. Salisbury has made 30 NCAA tournament appearances during Chamberlin's tenure, including 21 straight.

Salisbury has dominated the Capital Athletic Conference since it joined in 1994. Under the leadership of Coach Chamberlin the Sea Gulls won 15 consecutive conference titles from 1995 until 2009, again claiming the title in 2011 and 2013, and 2014. Chamberlin has been honored by her peers as the CAC Coach of the Year 15 times, most recently in 2014.

Nationally, Chamberlin has been recognized as one of the nation's best coaches. She was named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2004-05) as well as in 2009. Chamberlin has been honored as the NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year 10 times (1990, '91, '94, 2000, '04, '05, '07, '09, '13, and '14).

Chamberlin's players have also been recognized nationally during her tenure as she has coached 60 Division III All-Americans and 120 NFHCA All-South Region players. The Sea Gulls were honored with eight-straight CAC Player of the Year awards from 2002-09, and 15 overall in the past 19 years.

Chamberlin is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa, where she was a four-year letterwinner on the highly successful field hockey team. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten championship outright for three-straight years (1981-83), before sharing the top spot in 1984. That squad finished second in the nation. Chamberlin, Iowa's co-captain as both a junior and senior, was also a member of the national indoor championship team and was selected to the All-Big Ten team during her senior year.

While at Iowa, she also received the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Academic Award (1982-85) and the Physical Education Academic Achievement Award (1983-85). Chamberlin earned her Master of Education from Salisbury in 1987 and her doctorate from the University of Maryland in 2000.

Coach Chamberlin News

12/11/13  Chamberlin named South Region Coach of the Year
09/29/12 Chamberlin celebrates 400th career victorywith 3-1 win against York
11/10/11 Webster, Chamberlin receive top CAC honors; seven other Sea Gulls named to All-CAC teams
12/07/09 Chamberlin named 2009 Dita/NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year
11/12/09 McGovern, Chamberlin receive top CAC honors; five other Sea Gulls named to teams
01/17/09 Coach Chamberlin enters NFHCA Hall of Fame
11/14/08 Salisbury sweeps CAC Field Hockey Awards; Hancock, McGovern, Chamberlin honored; 7 on All-CAC teams
09/22/08 Coach Chamberlin to be inducted into NFHCA Hall of Fame
07/29/08 Chamberlin and DiBartolo promoted to Assistant Athletic Director positions at SU
12/12/07 Chamberlin named NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year
11/01/06 Chamberlin joins exclusive club with win No. 300

 

Coach Chamberlin's Record at SU

Year

   

Record

 

CAC

 

Highlight

1987

   

12-5-1

     

NCAA Semifinalists

1988

   

16-3-3

     

NCAA Semifinalists

1989

   

15-4-1

     

NCAA Quarterfinalists

1990

   

13-4-1

     

NCAA Quarterfinalists

1991

   

11-6-1

     

NCAA Quarterfinalists

1992

   

12-7-1

     

NCAA Semifinalists

1993

   

7-9

       

1994

   

12-7

     

NCAA Quarterfinalists 

1995

   

13-6

     

NCAA Quarterfinalists, CAC Champions

1996

   

15-3

     

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

1997

   

17-3

     

NCAA Quarterfinalists, CAC Champions 

1998

   

13-6

     

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

1999

   

15-4

 

5-0 

 

NCAA Tournament, CAC champions 

2000

   

17-4

 

5-0 

 

NCAA Semifinalists, CAC Champions

2001

   

16-3

 

4-1 

 

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

2002

   

17-3

 

4-0 

 

NCAA Semifinalists, CAC Champions 

2003

   

20-1

 

4-0 

 

NCAA National Champions, CAC Champions

2004

   

22-0

 

5-0 

 

NCAA National Champions, CAC Champions 

2005

   

21-1

 

5-0

 

NCAA National Champions, CAC Champions

2006

   

17-4

 

5-1

 

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

2007

   

20-2

 

7-0

 

NCAA Semifinalists, CAC Champions

2008

   

15-4

 

6-0

 

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

2009

   

20-1

 

6-0

 

NCAA National Champions, CAC Champions

2010

   

16-4

 

7-0

 

NCAA Tournament 

2011

   

18-2

 

7-0

 

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

2012

   

15-3

 

4-1

 

NCAA Tournament

2013

   

17-4

 

5-1

 

NCAA Championship Appearance, CAC Champions

2014

   

19-2

 

6-0

 

NCAA Semifinalist, CAC Champions

2015

   

14-4

 

5-1

 

NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions

2016     18-2   6-0   NCAA Semifinalist, CAC Champions

Total:

 

 

473-111-8 
(30 seasons)

 

   

4 National Championships

23 straight NCAA Tournaments

20 CAC Championships

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