Dawn graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in teaching and coaching. Dawn also has a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from the Univ. of Colorado and her Administrative Certification from Univ. of Phoenix.
She moved to Colorado in 1985 from Iowa and began teaching at Merritt Hutton (aka Thornton Middle). She started coaching softball in 1987, the year Colorado started fastpitch softball. Dawn coached for 2 years at Northglenn H.S., 5 years at Thornton and 7 years at Horizon H.S. where her team took 1st in the Front Range League and made it to the state tournament in 1992.
Dawn coached the CCGS All-State team in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2007, and 2011. During her coaching career, she has had over 27 athletes participate in these All-State games. The Legacy teams have made 11 appearances in the CHSAA State Tournament and has had 8 league championships since the programs inception and 6 state championships at the 5A level. She also coached competitive softball in the summer for over 20 years. Dawn was on the Core Team to plan and open Legacy High School and has been coaching here for 18 years.