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.