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 COACHING STAFF

Brian Smith
Assistant Coach

Brian Smith is in his eleventh year as the assistant coach on Jack Cribbin’s women’s lacrosse staff in 2019, including his eighth since the team moved from the club to the NCAA level. Smith is actively involved in all aspects of the program and serves as the team’s offensive coordinator.
 
In 2017, Lindenwood set a school record for wins with 21, which was the second-most in NCAA Division II history. Smith helped the program advance to the NCAA Division II semifinals for the fourth straight year, and it won its sixth straight RMAC Championship. The offense ranked eighth in NCAA Division II with nearly 16 goals a game.
 
Smith helped two players earned first-team All-American honors in Rachel Benzing and Sophie Buelow. Five offensive players also earned all-region honors and six earned all-RMAC honors. Benzing was the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Maria Johnson was the RMAC Freshman of the Year.
 
In 2016, Smith helped Lindenwood to a third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Semifinals, and the team also won a RMAC Championship and RMAC Tournament Championship. The Lady Lions ranked 13th in the nation with 14.42 goals a game, and they had the sixth-best scoring margin in the nation.
 
Smith guided three Lady Lions to earning first-team All-American honors, including first-team accolades for Jordyn Constance. Constance was also the RMAC Midfielder of the Year, and six offensive players earned all-RMAC honors.
 
In 2015, Smith was the architect of the No. 1 scoring offense in NCAA Division II as the Lady Lions averaged 16.14 goals a game. Smith’s offense helped Lindenwood go 19-2 on the season, win both the RMAC Championship and RMAC Tournament Championship, and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second straight season. The Lady Lions scored 14 goals, the most in the 2015 NCAA Division II Tournament, in a first-round win, which allowed the team to advance to the semifinals for the second time in program history.
 
Smith helped Melissa Menchella, Lindenwood’s all-time leading scorer, be named a first-team All-American, and midfielder Jordyn Constance was a third-team All-American. Sophie Buelow was the RMAC Midfielder of the Year, and six attacks and midfielders on Lindenwood’s roster earned all-RMAC honors.
 
In 2014, Smith was part of a program that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and was the first program west of the Mississippi River to make the NCAA Division II Tournament field. The Lady Lions won their first-round game to advance to the semifinals, and became the first team in any sport at Lindenwood to advance to the final site of a NCAA Tournament. Lindenwood’s national run ended in the semifinals with an overtime loss.
 
Lindenwood finished the 2014 season with a 15-4 overall record and it won a third conference championship with a perfect 5-0 mark. Offensively, the team ranked 12th in the nation with nearly 15 goals a game. Two offensive players were named second-team All-Americans in attack Menchella and midfielder Melissa Smith. Menchella was also the RMAC Player of the Year, while Smith was the RMAC Midfielder of the Year. Joining Smith and Menchella on the RMAC First-Team was midfielder Erin Abbott. Three other midfielders and one other attack were named to the All-RMAC squads.
 
In 2013, Smith helped Lindenwood go 15-2 overall and it won its second straight conference championship with a 10-0 record. The Lady Lions also entered the NCAA Division II national rankings for the first time as a NCAA program. Smith led Lindenwood’s offense to being the number one scoring team in the nation with 18.2 goals a game. He helped attacker Shelby Polk earn second-team all-region honors, the first all-region player in Lindenwood history, and Polk was also named the WILA Offensive Player of the Year. Five other attackers and midfielders were also named to the all-conference lists.
 
In 2012, Smith played a big role in Lindenwood winning the WILA Championship with a perfect 8-0 record, and for the team finishing its first season against NCAA competition with a 15-2 mark. The Lady Lions were the highest scoring team in the WILA by averaging nearly 18 goals a game, and they would have been the highest scoring team in NCAA Division II if they were eligible for the national statistics. Smith helped coach Lexi Crusha to Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors, and seven attackers and midfielders were named to one of the all-conference teams.
 
Prior to the 2012 season, Smith was awarded the Women's Committment Award from the St. Louis Missouri Chapter of US Lacrosse.
 
In Smith’s offensive system, Lindenwood has had some of the most potent offenses in school history at the club level, including its highest scoring season (2009) and its highest goal per game average (2010). Under his guidance during those years, the offense produced two WCLA Attack Player of the Year awards, six All-Americans, and three All-Tournament members. From 2009-11, he and Cribbin posted a 56-18 record and winning percentage of .757.
 
During his playing career, Smith was a midfielder for the Mitchell College men’s team in New London, Conn. before transferring to Lindenwood. While at Mitchell, he served as team captain and was awarded first-team all-New England honors. As a member of Lindenwood’s inaugural team, Smith helped the Lions to two undefeated regular seasons (2003, 2005), two Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference titles (2003, 2005), and a trip to the MDIA National Tournament in 2005. He was named GRLC first-team All-Conference in 2003 and 2005, GRLC Championship Game MVP in 2003, and served as team captain in 2005. Smith was also awarded the Coaches Leadership award in 2005.
 
Smith continued his post-collegiate playing career playing for Brave Lacrosse, and in 2010 was awarded the Show-Me State Games Male Athlete of the Year.
 
Smith graduated from Lindenwood in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management