Darby Baird, a senior at Dexter High School, is taking her athletic skills to the next year. The senior signed her National Letter of Intent in the spring to play women’s lacrosse for Hope College.
Hope College is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
“Since Darby’s freshman year, she has been greatly impactful for the Dexter women’s lacrosse program,” said Dexter Women’s Lacrosse head coach Taylor Haverty. “Her work ethic and drive have made her a tremendous asset to our play. She has a great understanding of the game and a strong presence on the field, which makes her a threat at any position.”
Baird, the youngest daughter of Brian and Jennifer Baird, didn’t rely on just her talent and skill to excel on the field – that’s only a part of what makes an athlete compete at the highest level. Haverty said Baird has all the intangibles needed to continue that success at Hope.
“Darby is a workhorse and a born leader, leading her team by example, and giving her 100 percent in every game and practice,” she said. “I am excited to see her career continue at Hope College and wish her the best of luck. She will be sorely missed on and off the field at Dexter.”
Baird started her lacrosse career at Dexter in 2014 as a defensive starter on the varsity team. As a junior, she received Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named All Conference. In her senior year, Baird led her team as a captain and again earned All-Conference honors.
In addition to playing with her Dexter lacrosse team, Baird also played with Michigan Elite, a large club lacrosse team that routinely competes in regional tournaments. A strong academic student who has received several academic awards, Baird also serves on the National Honor Society and is actively involved in her church youth group.