Hofstra Names Bedford to Women's Lacrosse Staff
from Press Release
Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Shannon Smith announced today that Michael Bedford has been added to her staff as an assistant coach.
"We are so excited to add Mike to our staff," commented Smith. "His experience, dedication and passion for the game of lacrosse will make him a tremendous asset for our program. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge to us defensively and we are thrilled to have him join the Hofstra family."
Bedford is a 2010 graduate of LIU Post with a degree in physical education. Most recently, he worked as an assistant coach with the Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC) men's lacrosse team.
While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Bedford served as the defensive coordinator and was responsible for creating and implementing defensive plans. He was also involved in recruiting, as well as scouting and game planning.
From 2011 to 2012 Bedford was a assistant coach and the defensive coordinator at Suffolk Community College (Selden, NY), where he had previously been a student-athlete for two seasons (2006 and 2007). While leading the defense, the Sharks finished as the regional runner-up while having the fifth-best defense in the NJCAA. As a player, he was a member of the 2006 team that reached the NJCAA National Championship game. In addition, as a team captain in 2007, he earned second team All-American honors, as well as first team all-region honors.
Bedford also has extensive club and high school coaching experience. He has worked in the Half Hollows Hills East School District as a lacrosse coach and served as an operations director with Dynamic Sports Marketing, working as a field director for various lacrosse camps, clinics and training sessions. In addition, he has worked with the Long Island Junior Lizards as a varsity assistant coach and also with Team USA as an assistant to the equipment manager.
In addition to his playing career at Suffolk Community College, Bedford was a member of the 2009 National Champion LIU Post team. Professionally, he was a member of the Charlotte Copperheads in 2012 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010.
Bedford is a native of Miller Place, NY, and attended Rocky Point High School.