Sam Ashton completed his second season at the the helm for the University of Dallas men's lacrosse team. He led his team to a 6-7 record, which marked the highest win total in a season for the seven-year program. Ashton also improved his overall win total to eight, which matches him for the most by a coach at UD.
In 2018, Ashton's team broke several records, including three team records for goals (112), assists (54), and points (166). Peter Early etched his name as the all-time leader in assists (26) and points (76). Goalkeeper Christian Lopez set the single-sesaon record for lowest goals against average (10.71). The sophomore is the career leader with a 12.96 mark.
In 2017 under Ashton's guidance, Lopez ranked among the top 10 in saves-per-game (17.00) total saves (221) in NCAA Division III. He respectively ranked ninth and third in those categories during his debut season.
Ashton joined the University of Dallas men’s lacrosse staff after serving as an assistant coach with Lake Erie College. He is the fourth head coach for the Crusaders since the program started in 2011.
Ashton worked at Lake Erie College starting August, 2014. During a three-season span on staff, the Storm produced a 34-13 record, including a 15-3 mark in 2015 and trip to NCAA DII Championships Semifinal. Lake Erie College also captured a pair of consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in 2014 and ’15.
Ashton served as the Offensive Coordinator, organized and designed practice plans, strength and conditioning programs, and individual player workouts. Among other things, Ashton coordinated film breakdown and established scouting reports prior to competition.
Ashton also committed time in the summer of 2014 (June-August) as a Lacrosse Camp Supervisor at Frederick County Parks and Recreation and Assistant Coach for Adrenaline Lacrosse Company R.C. Club.
A native of New Market, Maryland, Ashton completed his Masters of Business at Lake Erie College in May, 2016 and Bachelor of Arts in History at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Ashton enjoyed a solid playing career as a midfielder and lettered four times. In 2014, He became the program’s first All-American after receiving an Honorable Mention selection. He finished as the Bears All-Time points leader with 145 points on 64 goals and 81 assists.