Offensive scoring threat, outstanding versatile athlete at Holton-Arms School, Brown University and Georgetown University graduate, two-time college All-America selection, Ivy League player of the year, academic all-America selection, US national team player, member of high school, college and New England halls of fame, coach of high school and middle school lacrosse.
Suzanne Bailey has always been drawn to tough challenges. Naturally disposed to master anything she undertakes and possessed of an intense work ethic, she invariably succeeds in beating the odds.
At Holton-Arms School, Suzanne participated on four varsity teams over ten different seasons. A four-year soccer player and a three-year basketball athlete, she played softball in her first two years. She switched to lacrosse as a junior but an injury limited her to a single season of lacrosse competition, a season that occurred after college recruiters were finished for the year. Nevertheless, the multi-sport varsity athlete had already received a great deal of interest in her continuing her athletic career on the soccer field.
Suzanne enrolled at Brown University. Her impact in soccer was immediate: Ivy League rookie of the year and first team all-Ivy honors. She went on to earn three more first team accolades along with conference player of the year and first team all-America honors in her senior season. Still, at the end of her first semester, it was not enough for Suzanne. Intrigued by the challenge, she decided to walk on to the lacrosse team, eager to push herself and to explore her limits. Happily for Brown lacrosse, there would be few limitations. Enthusiastic and motivated, Suzanne shared her relentless work ethic with her college teammates and led them to continuous improvement. She was a consummate team player, at once selfless and at the same time, cognizant of the lead scoring role that was needed of her.
Suzanne was named second team All-Ivy in her first two lacrosse seasons and first team during her last two. In addition, she served as a team captain, was named team offensive most valuable player, and earned Ivy League player of the year honors as a senior. She tallied 60 goals in her final season, third best in the nation, and set the all-time season and career records at Brown for most goals. Selected to play in the North-South all-star game, she capped off her college career by earning her second all-America certificate.
Following graduation, Suzanne began a 17-year career as a teacher, coach and administrator at Providence Country Day School. She was selected to play on the U.S. national lacrosse team that toured Australia in 1992. The next year, she was named an alternate to the U.S. world cup squad. Finally in 1995, accumulated injuries provided the physical limits that Suzanne had once sought to test.
In 2008, looking to complete her masters degree at Georgetown, Suzanne left her positions at PCDS as director of admissions, associate dean of students, English teacher, and varsity lacrosse and soccer coach. She currently teaches and coaches the junior varsity lacrosse team at Potomac School in McLean. Suzanne resides in Reston, VA with her partner Patty Carver, a teacher at Holton-Arms.