St. Andrew's Episcopal (MD) Hires Dane Smith as Head Coach

Potomac, Md.. -- St. Andrew's Episcopal School has announced the hiring of Dane Smith as head varsity lacrosse coach. In addition to his coaching duties, Dane will also work closely with the Communications and Admissions offices as a full-time SAES employee.

Smith comes to St. Andrew's from Robert Morris University, where he was an assistant coach for their NCAA Division I men's lacrosse team for the past two seasons.

"I am honored and excited to become the varsity lacrosse coach at St. Andrew's," Dane said. "The program has made great strides the past few years and I am confident with hard work we can continue to build the lacrosse program at St. Andrew's. I can't wait to meet the players and families that make up such a vibrant lacrosse community. I am grateful to Mr. Kosasky, Mr. Brown and Mr. Hightower for this opportunity."

As an assistant coach at RMU, Smith primarily worked with the defense and man down unit. In his first season at Robert Morris (2013), the team reached the NEC championship for the first time in school history. The defense at RMU finished 1st in the country in caused turnovers in 2013, 3rd in the country in caused turnovers in 2014, and the man down unit finished among the top 15 in the country for both seasons under the direction of Smith.

Prior to his time at RMU Smith spent time as an assistant coach at Otterbein University and at Mt. Lebanon High School. He helped the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) state semifinals in 2012 as the squad posted 16 wins.

A 2011 graduate of Robert Morris University 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.

A native of Hilliard, Ohio Smith graduated from Robert Morris in 2011 with his Bachelor's degree in marketing and went on to complete his Master's degree in Instructional Leadership from RMU in the spring of 2014.

2014-08-29



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