Enthusiasm, experience, passion, humility, and friendship. After having the honor to listen to Coach Patton it was these qualities that shined ever so brightly. Coach Patton's willingness to be a sound board, share experiences, serve as mentor, and friend was powerful beyond measure. Anyone who would be so lucky to have an opportunity to hear Coach Patton live will absolutely come away enlightened, motivated, and inspired.
Working in a small group with all of those incredible coaches was one of the best days of coaching I’ve ever had. I learned a lot from the drills and the opportunity to ask questions and adjust my game with the feedback they gave me. Also, the leadership workshop was especially great. It was nice to focus on the big picture and our individuals roles in making the team experience the best it can be.
I feel incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to play under Amy Patton’s leadership during my tenure at Dartmouth. Simply put, her tactical understanding of the game is unparalleled. Not only did Amy teach me how to improve my abilities as an athlete and lacrosse player, but as a person I was constantly pushed to grow to become a better teammate and leader. I credit many of my accomplishments to Amy’s constant belief in what I was capable of attaining. She often believed in me more than I believed in myself, pushing me to be better across the board because she knew my potential. Now as a high school varsity lacrosse coach, I strive to emulate much of what Amy taught me in my own work as a coach. I aim to serve as a mentor for my players, developing them as athletes as well as young woman of character.
In addition to my day-to-day interaction on the field with my team, I also have spent time working with many of my players as they navigate the recruiting process, an ever changing, multifaceted, and often convoluted process. As a coach working to advocate and support my players, I have consistently turned to college coaches who are in the weeds of the current system for guidance so that I can get a better handle on what the best opportunities would be for a player to showcase their abilities, gain a better sense of what coaches are looking for, and identify a coach’s recruiting timeline.
Given Amy’s extensive coaching involvement at the DI level and her substantial experience recruiting players for her own program, her insights and knowledge bank will be invaluable for a high school player looking to play at the next level. Not only will Amy help to identify top playing opportunities for players, she will inevitably also provide important support to student-athletes as they strive to recognize which schools and programs will be the best fit for them as individuals. This balance is key to the overall success of the player and will allow them to thrive in a college setting, both as a student and as an athlete.
Coach Patton was my Head Coach for the Boston Storm this past summer. Her finest quality as a coach, that I aspire to be like most, is that she is a student of the game. She has quite the resume but from being around her this summer, it was evident that she was always trying to learn. The best coaches in sports are students of the game no matter where they are in their career. A great coach never believes they know it all. This is a quality coach Patton displays. Her enthusiasm, love for the game and her passion about her players make her a coach that I love playing for. She will be a great resource for anyone going through the recruiting process because at the end of the day she cares about the player first.
I was directly involved in the coaching of the great game of women's lacrosse at all levels, for over 40 years. There are few coaches who have the understanding, as well as the ability, to teach the game from both a skill and tactical perspective than Coach Patton. Another area of importance for any college coach is the ability to recruit. Amy’s understanding of the recruiting process, her ability to assess a player's level of play, and her personal knowledge of lacrosse programs across the country are invaluable resources. The college recruiting process can be both confusing and at times, overwhelming. I could not recommend a better "guide" for this journey, than Coach Patton.
Amy knows the goalkeeping position extremely well. She is dedicated to help you personally get better and moves at a pace that will push you, but not overwhelm. Amy is great at isolating the skill and drill to help you develop and will help you turn your weaknesses into strengths.
Amy Patton’s knowledge of lacrosse and her ability to break down the game is far superior to that of any other coach I know. Her understanding of the components required to accomplish a bigger task, whether skill, fitness, or playing at the collegiate level guarantees player improvement. She will show you how to get stronger, understand the game better, and be prepared for the next step in lacrosse. And, best of all her passion for the game is contagious!
Also from a consulting standpoint, Amy’s expertise as a former Division 1 coach makes her the perfect person to help high school student athletes and their families navigate the recruiting process.
Amy Patton embodies the truest definition of a coach - on and off the field. With her intense focus on personal, professional, and athletic development, she instilled in me the values of integrity, loyalty, and grit. She taught me the value of accountability, how to lead others, & how to earn the respect of peers as well as those above and below us. She served as a mentor to 26 classes of talented, accomplished women and pushed us to be the best version of ourselves. She taught me how to self-reflect, assess my strengths and weakness, and harness a growth-mindset to continue to improve.
No one is better than Amy at taking raw athletes and giving them the lacrosse acumen and mental toughness needed to play at the highest level. She inspires and teaches young women to be leaders on the field, in the classroom, and in their professional pursuits.
Amy Patton led the Dartmouth lacrosse program by example with hard work, integrity, and passion for the game. To be sure, playing for Amy wasn't easy - at times she demanded more than I thought I had to give - but then I would discover that I could meet the demand, and was better for the challenge. I have no doubt that playing for Amy made me a better person and a harder worker - both elements that have continued to serve me far beyond the lacrosse field. Out of the hottest fire comes the strongest steel.