Ainslee Lamb, who begins her fourth year at the helm of the Yale field hockey program, has established the Bulldogs as one of the most respected programs in the Northeast. In 2002, she guided Yale to 12 wins, the second most in school history, and an ECAC Tournament title. The Bulldogs have improverd their overall win total from the previous season in each of Lamb's first three years.
Prior to being named head coach, Lamb served as an assistant coach under Marisa Didio for three years and spearheaded Yale's recruiting efforts. In 1998 she helped guide the Bulldogs to a school-record 15 wins, a second-place finish in the Ivy League and an ECAC Championship. Lamb came to Yale from the University of Massachusetts, where she served as an assistant coach for three years. During her tenure at UMass, the team reached the NCAA Tournament each year.
In addition to her collegiate coaching, Lamb has been actively involved in the USFHA. In 2001 and 2003 she coached at the FDIC Camp and also was an assistant coach for the MetroRush in the USFHA summer league. From 1995-97 she served as a regional administrative director for the Futures program, and in 1995 and 2003 she assisted in the selection process of top players hoping to attend the Olympic development B-camp. She has also served as a coach at national team development B and A camps and currently is involved with the Connecticut Futures Program.
Lamb is currently on several committees. She has been a pivotal part of the NCAA Certification Committee at Yale. With the NFHCA, she is the Second Vice President, Camps Sponsoring Committee Chair and the Coaches Education Program Chair.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Toronto, Lamb was a three-year field hockey letterwinner, helped lead the team to a national championship in 1988 and earned All-Canadian honors three times. She then played one year at UMass, where she was a member of the 1992 final four team and was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. Lamb received her master's degree in sports management from UMass in 1996. Prior to college, Lamb was a member of both the 1990 World Cup team and Canadian National team from 1987-92, where she competed in the Junior World Cup, the Olympic qualifying tournament and two Four Nation Tournaments.
Lamb resides with her husband, Joel, the offensive coordinator for the Yale football team, in Hamden. The couple has a daughter, Brooklyn.