|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Boston University '08|
Lauren Morton completed her fourth season with the Duke coaching staff in 2017-18, overseeing the program’s offensive personnel. She was elevated to the position of associate head coach in July, 2016.
Draw control specialist Olivia Jenner became the Blue Devils' all-time career leader in the category under Morton's tutelage in 2018. An IWLCA All-South Region and All-ACC selection on attack, Jenner led the conference and ranked second nationally with 8.76 draws per game. She was joined on the All-ACC second team by rookie attacker Charlotte North, who broke Duke's freshman goals and points records in her first season, and Maddie Crutchfield, who was selected 23rd overall by the Philadelphia Fire in the Women's Professional Lacrosse League's (WPLL) 2018 Collegiate Draft.
During the 2017 campaign, Morton saw attacker Kyra Harney surpass the 100-goal mark for her career and midfielder Maddie Crutchfield join the century club in career points. Jenner continued to excel on the draw, topping the 100-draw control mark for the second time in as many seasons and ranking 10th in the country with an average of 6.06 draws per game.
Under Morton's watch, Harney and Crutchfield were both selected for IWLCA All-America honors at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. Harney ranked among the ACC's top offensive threats with an average of 2.55 goals per contest and became only the sixth player in program history to reach the 100-point mark for her career in her second season. Jenner ranked eighth nationally and third in the league in draw controls per game (5.50) while breaking Duke's single season draws record.
The Blue Devils returned to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2011 during Morton’s first season in Durham. A balanced attack averaged 12.38 goals per contest under her direction, with senior Kerrin Maurer leading the way in points, goals, assists and draw controls. Maurer ranked among the ACC leaders in assists and points and became the Blue Devils’ career assist leader during the spring. She also collected first team All-America, All-South Region and All-ACC recognition, while midfielders Katie Trees and Taylor Trimble also made the all-region and All-ACC lists.
Morton came to Durham after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown University, where she worked primarily with the team’s offensive unit. During her two years in Washington, D.C., the Hoyas compiled a 24-15 record and made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round of the championship in 2014. Morton oversaw two All-America and 11 All-BIG EAST selections and directed an offense that averaged 12.00 goals per game in that time.
Prior to joining the Hoyas, Morton served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Boston University, for the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. During her tenure in Boston, the Terriers captured the 2012 America East regular season title and went 10-2 in conference play, including posting a 6-0 mark in 2012. While at Boston University, she coached three IWLCA All-Region honorees and one All-American in Danielle Etrasco.
Morton began her collegiate coaching career at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., helping guide the Leopards from 2008-10. She has also previously been involved with Ultimate Goal Lacrosse in Philadelphia, an organization that helps athletes ages 12-18 focus on all aspects of development, communication and teamwork.
A 2008 graduate of Boston University, Morton was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Terriers in the midfield. She received All-America recognition from the IWLCA as a senior, in addition to earning a spot on the all-region first team and being named the team’s most valuable player. Morton collected all-region second team honors her junior year and was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team following her freshman season.
As a senior at Boston University, Morton was selected the recipient of the Aldo “Buff” Donelli Leadership Award, presented to a senior who demonstrated outstanding leadership both on and off the field, as well as the John B. Simpson Award, given to both a male and female senior who demonstrates enthusiasm and leadership. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the university.
A native of Glenside, Pa., Morton graduated from Gwynedd Mercy Academy in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.