Sarah Queener has completed five seasons as the head coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse program, where she has transformed the program in a short time.
After a 7-10 record in her first season, Queener has guided the Sagehens to a combined 31-9 record in 2014 and 2015, including the first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history, and the first SCIAC Championship in 2015. Her record at Pomona-Pitzer now stands at 65-31, while her overall collegiate record is 105-38 in eight seasons.
In 2016, the Sagehens ended the year with a 16-4 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Regionals (Round of 16) for the second-straight season. She was named SCIAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row after back-to-back SCIAC Championships. The Sagehens tallied a 9-2 record in conference play with both loses at a margin of two goals or less. She went on to coach the first All-American in Pomona-Pitzer lacrosse history in Ally McLaughlin who was a three-time SCIAC Defensive Player of the Year, the only player in the conference to win the award three years in a row.
In 2015, the Sagehens finished with a 15-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Regionals (Round of 16) after the first NCAA Tournament win in program history (7-5 over Occidental). She was named the SCIAC Coach of the Year for her efforts, after the Sagehens finished 11-1 in league play, four games ahead of second place Occidental. All three regular season losses were by one goal (two in overtime). In 2014, Queener guided the Sagehens to a school-record 16 wins (16-5), the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Queener began in 2012 with a team that played several games without any substitutes and finished the regular season tied for last in the SCIAC (1-7), but took just two years to lead the Sagehens to a tie for first (8-2) in 2014. In 2013, the Sagehens set a then-school record with 11 wins and made an appearance in the SCIAC semifinals after a sudden-death overtime win over CMS in the opening round. The 11 wins included two wins against both CMS (the first two wins over the Athenas in program history) and a regular-season sweep of Occidental.
In addition to the success on the field, Queener's teams ranked No. 1 in the nation in team grade point average in back-to-back seasons (2013, 2014), according to the IWLCA.
Prior to joining the Sagehens, Queener spent the previous two years as the head coach of the Newport Harbor High School girls lacrosse program, where she led the Sailors to playoff appearances in each of her two years at the helm. As the head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps from 2007-2009, Queener's teams compiled a 40-7 record and qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of her three seasons. She led CMS to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2007 and their first NCAA tournament win in 2008.
Queener began her collegiate coaching career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she served as an assistant coach from 2004-2006. She also assisted at Yale University during the fall of 2006.
Queener was four year starter at Yale University where she was a two-time All-Ivy league performer, an IWCLA All-American and a North-South Senior All-Star. During her senior year in 2003, she led the Bulldogs to an Ivy League title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
A native of Penn Yan, New York, Queener comes from a lacrosse family. Her parents Harry and Patricia are high school lacrosse coaches at Penn Yan Academy, her brothers Brett and Brice played professionally for the Hamilton Nationals, and her sister Sylvia played at Limestone College. Brice is currently the Head Women's Lacrosse coach at Rhodes College, which he led to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, while Sylvia has spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Pomona-Pitzer.
Division II All-American attacker Sylvia Queener completed her third season as an assistant coach on the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Lacrosse staff in 2016. In her three years with the program, she has helped the Sagehens to a 47-13 record, a school record for wins (16 in 2014), and the first SCIAC title and NCAA Tournament win in program history (2015).
Queener, the younger sister of Pomona-Pitzer Head Coach Sarah Queener, joined the Sagehens after serving as an assistant coach at Penn Yan Academy, where she coached both attackers and goalies while specializing in draw work. She helped Penn Yan reach the title game of the Section V playoffs.
She also has additional experience coaching in the Summer Youth Box Lacrosse Program at Penn Yan, which was started over 20 years ago by her parents, Harry and Patricia Queener. She has taught/coached at the program since she was in high school, and took over the girls' side of the program two years ago with Sarah.
Queener graduated from Limestone College in 2013, after a standout career which saw her start at attack. She was the 2013 Carolinas Conference Co-Player of the year and earned NCAA Division II All-America status. As a senior, she tallied 46 goals, 50 assists, 24 ground balls and 37 draw controls and helped her team reach the NCAA Division II finals. She also earned the Carolinas Conference Spring Scholar-Athlete Award in 2012.
Prior to attending Limestone, Queener was a first-team All-American at Monroe Community College, where she tallied 66 goals and 33 assists. She also led Penn Yan Academy to a New York State championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2006, while twice earning high school All-America honors.