MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — After serving as Berry College's head women's lacrosse coach since the inaugural 2011 season, Shaun Williamson has resigned his post to accept the head coaching position at Ashland University. Berry Athletics Director, Todd Brooks, announced the hiring of former Shorter University head coach, Brittni Dulaney, to take over effective Monday, November 11th.
"I am extremely pleased that Brittni accepted our offer to become our next women's lacrosse head coach," Brooks said. "She is an extremely well versed and passionate coach who quickly established a successful women's lacrosse program at Shorter. I know that she will continue her successful ways here at Berry. I wish Coach Williamson all the best in his future endeavors."
Williamson will serve as Ashland's first women's lacrosse coach as the program will begin competition in the spring of 2019.
The opportunity at AU will be Williamson's fourth program-building project. He previously started the programs at NCAA Division II schools Lees-McRae (N.C.) and Belmont Abbey (N.C.) before joining Berry.
At Berry, Williamson compiled a 60-52-1 overall record, having coached five Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association regional All-Americans and 26 All-Southern Athletic Association players. He also coached the 2017 SAA Newcomer of the Year and the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year. His last four teams have all been named IWLCA Academic Honor Squads.
Prior to Berry, Williamson spent four seasons as the head coach at Belmont Abbey where he accrued a 42-32 career record and achieved national success in a short period of time. Williamson coached three All-Americans and seven regional All-Americans at Belmont Abbey. His 2009 team was ranked nationally in the IWLCA coaches' poll for eight weeks and he was also named the 2008 WomensLacrosse.com National Coach of the Year for Division II. His teams at Belmont Abbey also excelled in the classroom, earning two IWLCA Academic Honor Squad citations, ranking as high as fifth nationally.
Dulaney is a native of Rome, Ga., and played her prep lacrosse at Darlington where she was a three-time All-State selection. From there, she went on to attend and play collegiate lacrosse at NCAA Division I Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. While playing at Presbyterian, she was named Rookie of the Year her freshman year and to the National Lacrosse Conference All-Tournament Team as a co-captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Dulaney was also named Most Valuable Offensive Player her sophomore and junior years.
After graduating from Presbyterian, Dulaney was tabbed to start the women's lacrosse program from scratch for Shorter University in 2010-11. During her seven years at Shorter, she was named NWLL Coach of the Year in 2011, as well as Coach of the Year for the Gulf South Conference in 2017. Along with establishing a very successful lacrosse program, she earned her Master in Business Administration from Shorter in 2016.
"I want to sincerely thank Todd Brooks, Dean Heida and Dr. Briggs for giving me this opportunity to lead the Berry College women's lacrosse team," Dulaney said. "I am excited to be a part of the Berry lacrosse family and begin building on the legacy that has been started here. I look forward to joining Berry College and all that it stands for and being able to continue to serve in the Rome community."