Dawn Anselmin is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations, Senior Woman Administrator and head women’s lacrosse coach (entering sixth season). In addition, she acts as the Chief Academic Officer of the athletic department.
In 2017, Anselmin led the Mavericks to a school-record 16 wins and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Mercy qualified for the ECC Tournament for the second straight year and won their first-ever playoff game over NYIT to advance to the ECC Championship Game for the first time in program history. Anselmin also guided the Mavericks to their first national ranking in program history, ending the season ranked No. 11 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. During that time Anselmin coached the first two All-Americans in program history in sophomores Hunter Isnardi and Talia Stagnitta. Isnardi was a First Team selection and Stagnitta a Third Team recipient, while Anselmin coached a school-record seven ECC All-Conference honorees with Isnardi being named Offensive Player of the Year. Anselmin was named ECC Coach of the Year for the second straight year and had four named to the IWLCA All-North Region teams. The Mavericks also had three named to the All-ECAC women’s lacrosse teams and two student-athletes selected to play in the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game.
The 2016 season proved to be a successful season with an overall record of 12-7. The Mavericks made their first appearance in the East Coast Conference Playoffs, obtaining the No. 3 seed. Awards and accolades from the 2016 season include one IWLCA Second Team All-North Region selection, one IWLCA Third Team All-North Region selection, one ECC Rookie of the Year, three ECC First Team All-Conference selections and two Second Team All-ECC recipients. Additional accolades include a Rookie of the Year and First Team selection from the ECAC. These accolades helped cap off an outstanding 2016 season that also saw Anselmin named ECC Co-Coach of the Year.
During the summer, Anselmin is an assistant director and coach with the Long Island Wave (Summer Lacrosse Club). Throughout the school year, Anselmin also coaches with the Scarsdale Youth Lacrosse program with different age groups.
Prior to Mercy, Anselmin coached at both Plainedge and Wantagh High Schools, while teaching at Valley Stream, Plainedge and Wantagh School Districts.
As a player, Anselmin was a two-time national champion and All-American at Adelphi University and an NCAA All-Rookie Team selection in 2003.
Anselmin earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health from Adelphi in 2006 and went on to earn a master of science degree in health education in 2009. She resides in Massapequa, N.Y. with her fiancé Keith and two dogs, Seven and Nike.