Taylor Bastien enters her third season as Head Women's Lacrosse Coach after joining the Sharks in August of 2015.
Bastien led Simmons to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship game last year after turning in thrilling upsets in the Quarterfinals and Semifinals in the team's seventh straight conference playoff appearance. The Sharks won three of their last five games to close out the year under her guidance.
The Simmons' mentor led the program to its highest win total since 2013 in her first season with Simmons and has seen eight of her players earn All-Conference honors over her first two seasons in Boston.
Prior to her arrival at Simmons, she enjoyed an extremely successful stint as Assistant Coach with NCAA Division II University of Bridgeport, where she helped the Purple Knights post the best season in school history. Bastien was involved in all major aspects of the program, mainly focusing on the squad’s attack, which averaged nearly 13 goals per game to contribute to the team’s 12-4 record – an eight-game turnaround from the previous campaign.
Before to her time on the sidelines as a coach, Bastien was a standout for Division II Bentley University, where she earned Northeast-10 All-Conference honors, while leading the Falcons in scoring in her final two years of competition. The former attacker currently ranks third on Bentley’s career points list and is second in lifetime assists. A Captain for the Falcons, she concluded her career by playing in the prestigious Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association North/South Senior All-Star Game.
Bastien graduated from Bentley in 2013 with a degree in Management and a minor in Sports Management and added an MBA in Marketing the following year at her alma mater. The Rhode Island native put her degrees to good use, serving as an intern with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, Harvard University Athletics and the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. In addition, Bastien spent a year as a Statistics Analyst with ESPN.
Bastien currently resides in North Kingstown, R.I.