Longtime Draper Resident is New CCHS Girls Lacrosse Coach
Taylor Dunn Dahl, age 24, may be the newest head varsity coach for Corner Canyon Girls Lacrosse, but she is a long-time resident of Draper. In 2010 she graduated from Alta High School where she lettered in lacrosse all four years. While growing up, Dahl tried almost every sport, but when she entered high school, she “dropped all sports at the competitive level” to play lacrosse. She was a four time All-American, four time All-State, one time Academic All-American, League Defensive MVP, was named West Side Lacrosse’s Utah Female Player of the Year and her team won back to back state championships.
With a full-tuition scholarship, Dahl attended BYU where she played lacrosse as a freshman and then at the University of Utah for the next three years. She says she still loves both teams! During college, Dahl was a four time All-American, WCLA Midfield Player of the Year and played in the 2013 Nationals All-Tournament. In 2013, Dahl married her husband, Alex and they have an adorable 15 month-old son, named Ethan. Dahl has one year left of school and hopes to eventually receive her bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition.
In 2015, Dahl was a JV/assistant varsity coach for Corner Canyon Girls Lacrosse and is now the head varsity coach. She is very committed to the program and hasn’t let her role as a mother keep her away from coaching. “My mom, mom-in-law and sister have been amazing. They all live nearby and have stepped in to help out so I can coach without worrying about my little guy. I love them! They have made this opportunity a possibility and a joy for me.” Dahl’s goal for the program is to have “stable and competitive growth,” to “create a positive team environment” and to eventually win a state championship. “My coaching philosophy is to create a passion for the game through hard work, integrity, and respect,” says Dahl.
In the short time she has been with Corner Canyon Girls Lacrosse, Dahl has without a doubt had a positive impact on the program. “The girls love her, respond well to her and I am excited to see what she can do with our program,” said one lacrosse parent. Sam Pensari, sophomore, says “Coach ‘T’ listens to our suggestions about what we want to work on. She helps us become better athletes.” Maren Holmberg, junior, agrees and adds, “What I like most about her is that she is funny and very straight forward.”
So why play lacrosse? Dahl’s answer is that lacrosse is a “fun…and empowering sport…. It teaches physical speed and agility, mental strength and quickness…and best of all, it brings you in contact with an incredible group of girls.” Player Sam Pensari also says that “Lacrosse is fun, easy to pick up, creates good relationships and did I say it is fun? Plus it gets your body ready for summer!” Dahl says that “The earlier you start playing lacrosse, the better, but even at the high school level, we can find a place for you to begin.” For more information about playing girls lacrosse at any level, please visit CanyonLacrosse.com/Girls or send an email to CCGirlsLax@Gmail.com or Coach “T” directly at TayDahl22@Gmail.com. We wish Coach Taylor Dahl and the Corner Canyon Girls Lacrosse team all the best in their upcoming season this spring! Go Chargers!!