Sarah Hughes returns to the Stanford women's lacrosse coaching staff for her second season under head coach Michele Uhlfelder. Hughes joined the Cardinal staff last year after serving two seasons as the top assistant at Albany. Hughes brings All-American credentials and a wealth of United States National Team experience to Uhlfelder's staff and serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Cardinal.
"Sarah is a student of the game and has a great work ethic," said Uhlfelder. "She is one of the game's best teachers and an asset to the coaching profession."
Hughes, who works extensively with Stanford's defense and goalkeepers, served as the recruiting coordinator under Head Coach Dennis Short at Albany. She was responsible for recruiting one of the most successful classes in Albany lacrosse program history, as five Albany freshmen garnered postseason honors in 2004. Under the tutelage of Hughes, Great Dane goalkeeper Jen Daly recorded a program record 190 saves during the 2004 campaign.
The Broomall, PA native began her coaching career after a highly distinguished career as a goalkeeper at Dartmouth College. Hughes was a four-year starter for the Big Green from 1999-2002, earning Brine/IWLCA All-American honors following the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Hughes also garnered All-Ivy League recognition in 2000 and 2001, and set a Dartmouth program record with 550 career saves. She also set the program single-game mark for saves in her collegiate debut, saving 22 shots against Maryland on March 20, 1999. Hughes led Dartmouth to three Ivy League titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances during her time in Hanover, and helped the Big Green to a No. 2 national ranking in 2001. Following her collegiate career, she was selected in the first Women's Professional Lacrosse Draft in 2002, and was inducted into Dartmouth College's "Wearers of the Green" in 2004.
Hughes has been part of the United States National Team program since 2000, when she debuted with the U.S. Developmental Team. She is currently a goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Elite Team.
"As a U.S. National Team player, Sarah has become a stable force in goal and stands to bring an excellent knowledge of the game to the team along with her competitive spirit," commented Uhlfelder. "Sarah understands the balance of athletics and academics, and we are very excited about her skills as a player, coach, and administrator."
Hughes has been very active on the camps and clinics circuit as well, instructing at over 30 different camps and clinics during her career, including the University of Maryland and Dartmouth Elite Camps. She was a guest speaker at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in January 2004, and has also served as a volunteer on the ethics committee for the IWLCA.