Tim Dunton | Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
Tim Dunton enters his third season on the Piedmont sidelines after taking over as Head Men's Lacrosse Coach prior to the 2016 season. Dunton’s first season (2016) as the leader of the Green and Gold was the fifth season of the program’s existence as the Lions began play in the spring of 2012 as Piedmont’s 14th sport added.
Dunton came to Piedmont following a successful 13-year career as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. His first two seasons at PC, Dunton has led the Lions to seven wins after having graduated the program's first senior class the year prior to his arrival (2015).
Dunton’s Lions will no doubt likely absorb their new leader’s defensive prowess as his Lasell team ranked nationally in several NCAA Division III categories including a top 10 spot in caused turnovers. The Lasers were 7th in the country in the 2015 season with 12.5 caused turnovers per game and also ranked 11th in the country in ground balls per game as well.
In his time with Lasell, Dunton led his team to conference tournament appearances in nine seasons across two league affiliations with one of those campaigns resulting in a championship game appearance, that coming during the 2011 season. In a 2008 postseason run, Dunton's team earned the first-ever postseason victory by a Lasell athletic program as his Lasers defeated Plymouth State 10-5 before falling to his alma mater, Endicott College, in the ECAC title game.
Prior to Lasell’s current GNAC era, Dunton helped guide his team to postseason appearances in the ECAC during the 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008 seasons during an 8-year affiliation with the Pilgrim League. Dunton’s postseason showings included four in the ECAC and five in the GNAC including a run to the title game in 2011, the first year of affiliation in the GNAC for Lasell.
Overall, Dunton mentored 44 All-Conference selections during his 13 years with Lasell as the program’s head coach including three Rookies of the Year, two Players of the Year, and four All-New England honorees. Named Coach of the Year in 2005, Dunton owned a 107-98 record in his time with Lasell earning his 100th career victory just this past season against Centenary (LA) on March 15, 2015.
Dunton’s 107 career wins prior to coming to Demorest had him just outside the top 40 in the country on the NCAA Division III Winningest Active Coaches list. Named as the Head Coach of the Lasers’ lacrosse program prior to the start of the 2003 season, Dunton owned a 65-37 mark in conference play over his 13-year career as well.
Success was not limited to the field for Dunton who also served in several administrative capacities at Lasell including his time as a representative for the Pilgrim League on the USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) Top 20 panel. Dunton also served as a representative on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee gaining invaluable knowledge of the selection process for the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse National Tournament.
In his 4th year on staff at Lasell, Dunton was named Assistant Director of Athletics, a post the coach would serve in for the next nine years before elevating to Associate Director of Athletics in 2014. In his administrative work, Dunton oversaw equipment and facility operation, assisted with contest management, managed travel for the department, and served as a member of development committees.
Spending his collegiate playing days at Endicott College in the late ‘90s, Dunton was a four-year letter winner for the successful program which is coming off its 8th CCC (Commonwealth Coast Conference) title and 5th NCAA National Tournament appearance after the 2015 season. In Dunton's time at Endicott, the Gulls went an impressive 42-19 earning double-digit win totals in each of his four seasons with the team.
During his time with the Gulls where he was named a captain in his senior season, Dunton was a four-year letter winner and earned All-Conference accolades during his twilight campaign in 2000. In that same season, the midfielder participated in the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game as well capping a fine four-year career for the Gulls.
A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Dunton graduated in 2000 from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts with his Bachelor of Science in Communications with a concentration in Media Production. Dunton went on to earn his Master of Science in Sports Administration with a concentration in Sports Leadership from Lasell.
Dunton relocated from his hometown in the Northeast to the Peach State in 2015.