As she walks the sideline for home women's lacrosse matches at Edwin Fauver Stadium, Sue Behme is in familiar territory. The 2016 season will be the 6th for Behme (prounounced: BEAM) on the River Campus. She returned to Western New York after two-plus seasons building a Division I program at Fresno State.
Since her arrival in October of 2011, the Yellowjacket lacrosse team has moved forward exponentially. After three years of getting her feet wet, UR tripled its win total from the previous season in 2014 before earning its first winning season at 9-8 in 2015 since 2002. Behme guided Rochester into the Liberty League playoffs for just the 2nd time in school history in 2015 after a 5-4 conference record, her first winning season in the Liberty League.
Since 2011, nine players have been named All-Liberty League including 2015 1st Team selection Jamie Wallisch, Behme's first 1st Team All-Conference player at Rochester.
Academically, the team has carried on its tradition of academic excellence by being recognized in four straight years (2011-14) as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad. Over this time, nine student-athletes have been named to the IWLCA Academic Squad earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and 38 players have been named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team.
Before heading to the West Coast, Behme coached a total of 13 seasons at SUNY Geneseo and Nazareth College. She coached at Geneseo for a four-year period, then spent nine years on the sidelines at Nazareth. She compiled a 115-39 record, including a 52-3 conference record at Nazareth and led the Golden Flyers to six NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
Behme's success as a coach has come both on and off the field. At Fresno State, the Bulldogs earned the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association team academic award in each of her first two seasons (2008-09, 2009-10). Eleven players earned Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors in 2008-09 and three were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. In the 2009-10 season, seven players earned Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors and two were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. Additionally, one player was named MPSF 2nd team All-Conference, the first All-Conference player in that programs history.
Her accomplishments at Fresno State extended beyond the playing field and the classroom. For two consecutive years, the women’s lacrosse team won the Athletic Director’s Community Service Award at the SA Night of Champions for donating more than 500 hours of community service yearly. Over 200 people showed up for free clinics put on by the Fresno State coaching staff.
At Nazareth College, she coached seven players to All-America honors and had a Division III Goalkeeper of the Year. Thirty-two Nazareth players earned All-Region honors. In the fall of 2011, she was inducted into the Nazareth College Sports Hall of Fame for her distinguished service.
Behme was named the Empire 8 Coach of the Year five times. She led Nazareth to the E-8 title in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2006 (getting an automatic NCAA bid). Nazareth earned at-large bids in 2004 and 2007. In 2006, Behme was named the New York State Coach of the Year and IWLCA Empire Region Coach of the Year.
A native of Seneca Falls NY, Gotham came to the University of Rochester after spending the 2010-2011 season as Interim Head Coach at Fresno State University. Prior to that, Gotham was the defensive assistant coach for the Bulldog's lacrosse team under the direction of head coach Sue Behme. Before heading to Fresno State University, Gotham spent 2 years as the assistant coach at Nazareth College from 2006-2008.
On the field, Gotham was a 4-year starting defender for Behme at Nazareth College. Gotham was a 1st Team All-American as well as a 4-time 1st Team Empire Eight All-Star and was named the conference Rookie of the Year in 2002. She earned Empire Region All-American 1st Team honors in 2005 and 2nd Team accolades in 2003 and 2004. She was 1st Team All-State for three seasons and was selected to participate in the North/South Senior All-Star game in 2005. Gotham will be inducted into the Nazareth College Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2013.
Gotham holds a bachelor's degree from Nazareth College in Psychology and currently works for the Greece Central School District.
A native of Cazenovia NY, Sessler joined the University of Rochester Staff in the summer of 2015 as a volunteer assistant coach. A former goalie at Nazareth College, she focuses primarily on working with the Yellowjacket goaltenders.
On the fields, Sessler was a goalie for coach Behme at Nazareth College. She had 214 saves in her career with an overall save percentage of 51.9%. She earned team and conference accolades in her career, peaking her senior year where she received second team all-conference. Sessler also earned second-team All-Region honors her senior year and was selected to participate in the North/South Senior All-Star game in 2010.
Sessler earned her Bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her Masters in Human Resources Management. She works as an Employment Specialist for the Human Resources department at Nazareth College.