Sarah Dunleavy was hired as the administrative assistant for Sacramento State football in July of 2019. Dunleavy came to the Hornets after a distinguished career as a student-athlete and coach in collegiate swimming.
In the two years prior to joining the Sacramento State staff, Dunleavy was an assistant coach at Cal (2017-18 & 2018-19). During her first year, the Golden Bears captured six titles at the Pac-12 Championships, finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA meet and placed 18 swimmers and divers on the CSCA Scholar All-America team. The following year, Cal swimmers won nine Pac-12 races - including all five relays - captured four NCAA events and finished second in the final standings. At the end of her second season with Cal, the team set four American Records at NCAA Championships.
Dunleavy was a competitive swimmer at Purdue where she was a team captain and three-time Big Ten all-academic selection from 2008-12. She was granted the department’s Jon Wooden Leadership Award following her senior season in addition to the swim team’s Cathy Wright-Eger Educational Excellence Award. She came to the Boilermakers after earning 15 all-state honors in high school.
Following her career as a swimmer, Dunleavy served as a volunteer coach at Purdue during the spring of 2012 before moving to Illinois State for the 2012-13 season where she assisted with the sprint and individual medley groups and was part of a team which set 16 school and two conference records.
Dunleavy next moved to Kentucky where she was an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, and breaststroke and Individual Medley coach. The Wildcats ended the year ranked among the top 20 at the NCAA Championship all three seasons and set seven school records.
The Bethel Park, Pa., native returned to her home state for the 2016-17 season where she was director of women’s recruiting and an assistant coach, as well as the breaststroke coach, at Pitt. In her one season, Pitt student-athletes broke six school records and had All-American.
Dunleavy graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and rhetorical advocacy and a minor in sociology and law & society in 2012.