SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland’s Sharon Sarsen, the winningest varsity field hockey coach in New York State history, will be inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame this summer.
Sarsen’s coaching excellence is not confined to just one sport. She is also the second-winningest varsity girls lacrosse coach in the state.
Sarsen has built a field hockey dynasty at Lakeland, which has won 13 state titles, including 10 of the last 11 (nine in a row from 2009 to 2017). Since taking over in 1982, the Putnam Valley resident has compiled a 659-73-40 record.
For 20 straight seasons, other Section 1 rivals have battled for the right to be second best to Sarsen’s Hornets. Lakeland has also won 30 straight league titles.
In girls lacrosse, she coached the merged Lakeland/Panas team for 30 years (1986-2015), accumulating a 381-135-45 record and winning 10 section championships and 12 league titles. Her teams reached the NYSPHSAA Final Four four times. She was Lakeland/Panas’ first coach as she spearheaded the establishment of the girls lacrosse program in 1986. Despite retiring as the head coach in 2015, Sarsen has stayed involved with the program as an assistant coach the last four seasons.
Sarsen has been inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame and the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame. She is just one of just two coaches in the state to win the NFHCA National Coach of the Year and twice won the NFHSCA North Region Coach of the Year.
On top of her varsity success, Sarsen has continued to give back to her school and the field hockey community, coordinating the Shrub Oak Athletic Club field hockey program for grades 3-8, running early morning intramurals for middle schoolers before the school day, conducting summer camps, and chairing various field hockey and lacrosse associations. She is currently a physical education teacher and the athletic coordinator at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.
Prior to her teaching and coaching career, Sarsen was a multi-sport star at John Jay (Cross River). She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree from Long Island University, where she competed in both field hockey and lacrosse.