Dane Smith Named Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Robert Morris

Moon Township, Pa. February 4, 2013 Robert Morris University men's lacrosse head coach Andrew McMinn announced Monday the hiring of Dane Smith as an assistant coach.

Smith, a former captain for RMU, has coached at both the college level, with Otterbein University, and the high school level, with Mt. Lebanon.

Smith had spent approximately six months on the Otterbein staff as an assistant coach before joining the Colonials. He was responsible for coaching the defense as well as overseeing the strength and conditioning of the student-athletes.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, Smith was an assistant coach at Mt. Lebanon High School. He helped the Blue Devils to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) state semifinals in 2012 as the squad posted 16 wins. He assisted primarily with the defense and coached three players who would earn U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors.

Smith was a two-year captain for the Colonials, helping RMU to a then program record 10 wins in 2010 before leading the squad to its first-ever postseason berth in 2011. As a defensive midfielder, Smith competed in 53 career contests for Robert Morris and tallied 44 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. He also displayed a level of dependability as he played in 46 consecutive games to close his Colonial career.

Smith also claimed two Academic Honor Roll awards from the Northeast Conference (NEC) once the league began sponsoring men's lacrosse.

Smith, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, earned his bachelor's degree from Robert Morris in marketing in 2011. He will be pursuing a master's degree in instructional leadership at Robert Morris in addition to his coaching duties.

RMU registered a program-record 11 wins in 2012, including running through NEC play undefeated to claim the league's regular-season title. The Colonials knocked off a pair of nationally ranked squads during the campaign, including a 9-7 road victory at Ohio State, and entered the Nike/Inside Lacrosse national rankings after a six-game winning streak. McMinn was named NEC Coach of the Year in voting conducted by his peers as he helped 10 of his student-athletes earn all-conference honors while RMU also claimed the league's Team GPA and Team Sportsmanship Awards.

2013-02-04



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