BENNINGTON, Vt. – Paxton Boyer has been tabbed to take over the Southern Vermont College women’s lacrosse program as announced by Interim Director of Athletics Christin Gowan on Thursday.
Boyer, a native of the Green Mountain State who grew up in Northern Vermont before graduating from Lamoille Union High School, will be the second-ever head coach of the young Mountaineer program which will play just its fifth season in 2019.
“I am proud to welcome Paxton to the SVC family,” Gowan said. “Throughout the interview process, Paxton's passion was evident, and she clearly understood the needs of a small school. Her understanding of the game and dedication to student-athletes in the classroom made her a perfect fit. I am excited for her to continue building our successful women's lacrosse program for years to come.”
Boyer only played her freshman collegiate season at Division II’s Alderson Broaddus University before her career was cut short due to injury. However, she remained on the team’s sideline through graduation and grew a desire to coach the sport.
Boyer went from being ABU’s manager in 2015 to being a coaching intern for the Battlers’ 2016 campaign; she then served as a student assistant coach for the next two seasons before garnering her diploma from Alderson Broaddus in December 2017. After graduation, Boyer stayed in West Virginia and became an assistant coach for Davis & Elkins College—another DII program.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter,” Boyer said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to become a head coach, I’m looking forward to being back in Vermont, and I plan to continue obtaining the success that the program has had over the past years.”
Boyer brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to SVC—especially at the goaltending position. As a freshman Battler, she recorded the second-most saves in a single season with 122 in ’14; helping her get there were the second and third-highest save marks in a game with 24 and 19, respectively. She also charted a Vermont state record while at Lamoille Union with 1,007 career stops. As a LUHS senior in 2013, Boyer was selected to the Vermont Division II Coaches’ All-First Team.
“What drew me to Southern Vermont was the community and culture of the staff and the town of Bennington,” Boyer said. “SVC has this very welcoming atmosphere.
“I truly believe that the students, the staff, and the school only succeed if everyone is on the same page and is going toward the same goal,” Boyer continued. “When it comes to accomplishing successes, the dedication and willingness of the players is key. It is always important to grow as a program on the field and off the field. Being part of a college sports team gives you an opportunity to grow in the sport that you love, but it also gives you an opportunity as a player—and coach—to give back to the community.”
Boyer graduated from ABU with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training while also completing a double minor in Strength & Conditioning and Coaching. She has been CPR, AED, and first aid certified since 2014.