June 14, 2014

Smith Named Head Coach at Colorado Mesa

from press release

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Colorado Mesa University announced May 22 that Vincent Smith has been promoted to the position of head men's lacrosse coach.

Smith has served as an assistant coach with the Mavericks since August of 2013. Before joining the CMU staff Smith served as head lacrosse coach at Christchurch School in Virginia. He led the Seahorses to a 70-29 record, including two state titles, during his five seasons as head coach. Smith was also named the state coach of the year twice.

"We are fortunate to have Vincent available to us at this time to take over our program," said Director of Athletics Tom Spicer. "His knowledge of our existing team members, focus and expectations of the athletic department gives us the opportunity to maintain and continue the growth and development of the men's lacrosse program."

Smith has experience at the collegiate level serving as an assistant coach for one year at both the University of Illinois and Hampden-Sydney College. Other coaching experience included time with the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse and the Charlottesville Albermarle Youth Lacrosse Club.

"I would like to thank Athletic Director Tom Spicer and President Foster for giving me this opportunity to lead the Colorado Mesa University men's lacrosse program," said Smith. "This is a lifelong dream to be a head coach at the NCAA level.

"I would also like to thank Coach Stevens for giving me the opportunity to coach at the NCAA level last year. I look forward to this opportunity and challenge to build upon the successes of Coach Stevens with the CMU men's lacrosse program."

Smith began his collegiate career at Johns Hopkins before transferring to Hampden-Sydney College where he earned all-conference accolades twice. He graduated with a degree in history from Hampden-Sydney College.

A national search for an assistant coach will begin immediately.

The Mavericks finished the 2014 season with a 9-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

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