Small Named First Coach at John Caroll
from press release
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - Brian Small, who once played collegiate lacrosse in the state of Ohio, will now have the opportunity to coach collegiate lacrosse in the Buckeye State.
John Carroll University Director of Athletics Laurie Massa announced today that Small will be the head coach of the men's lacrosse program which will begin play for the first time in the spring of 2014. His tenure will begin effective immediately.
"Brian provides the right mix of experiences in collegiate lacrosse and the enthusiasm for building the program here at John Carroll," said Massa. "He has worked hard to develop as a coach and recruiter, and his connections in the Mid Atlantic and Midwest regions will serve us well. We are excited to have him join our staff, in our pursuit of championship lacrosse."
Small was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio Wesleyan University lacrosse team from 2002-2005 before embarking on a coaching career that included stops at his alma mater, Sacred Heart University and most recently Quinnipiac University.
"It is a rare opportunity to be the first anything, so I am very excited to be the first coach in the history of varsity men's lacrosse at John Carroll University," said Small. "With the academic standards and athletic tradition in place here, I really felt this would be a good fit for me."
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended and played for Calvert Hall College High School, Small made his first venture to Ohio when he attended Ohio Wesleyan. Small helped the Battling Bishops capture four consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference titles and appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He also lead the Conference in ground balls twice while earning all-league honors three times.
Small was twice selected first team All-NCAC and, in 2005, was an NCAA United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American as well as being selected and participating in the prestigious North South Senior All Star Game.
He graduated in 2005 with a degree in sports management
After college, Small first pursued coaching as the head of the Baltimore County Public Schools varsity team for three seasons. He also gave professional lacrosse a try, suiting up for the Baltimore Bayhawks in 2006.
Small joined the college ranks for the first time in 2008-09, when he returned to Ohio Wesleyan as an assistant coach to Sean Ryan. His lone campaign as an assistant coach resulted in an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championships.
The next year, he pursued an opportunity to be an offensive coordinator at Sacred Heart University. While at Sacred Heart, Small assisted in all facets of the Pioneers' lacrosse program, including recruiting, scouting, practice planning and fundraising.
Over the last two seasons, Small has served as defensive coordinator at Quinnipiac. Small coached the Bobcats "man down" unit to No. 8 finish in NCAA Division 1 in 2012 and also coached Chris Coppolecchia to lead NCAA Division 1 in caused turnovers in 2012.
In 2011, Quinnipiac reached the championship game of the inaugural Northeast Conference lacrosse tournament and won the inaugural regular season championship.
Small has also been served as an instructor at multiple camps including the top 205 Rising Senior Lacrosse Camp as well as those hosted by the University of North Carolina, Bucknell University and Sacred Heart.
"It is important to get the John Carroll name out in the lacrosse circles, to let people know we have a program, and that our commitment to academics and athletics provides an ideal place to continue playing lacrosse while pursuing a college degree," said Small. "I want us to compete for conference championships and ultimately play our way into NCAA tournaments. To establish ourselves as a perennial power in the region as well as the country is something we should aspire to as a program."
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