Babson Tabs 'Rising Star' to Coach Women's Lacrosse Team, Succeed Reardon
from press release
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Babson has announced that
Michelle Smith will take over the head coaching duties of its
women's lacrosse program beginning on June 1.
A graduate of Trinity , where she received her Bachelor's degree in 2008 and her Master's in 2011, Smith began her coaching career with a one-year stint as an assistant for the women's lacrosse program at Dickinson in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She then returned to her alma mater in 2009, where she has served as the assistant women's lacrosse and field hockey coach for the last two years.
Smith enjoyed a legendary playing career at Trinity, leading the Bantams' lacrosse team to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her final two seasons, including a trip to the regional finals in 2007. She was a three-time All-NESCAC and All-Region honoree, and she was selected as a First Team All-American and the C. Kelly Markland Award winner for the Division III Goalie of the Year in 2007. She graduated as the program's all-time leader in saves and was named team captain in 2008.
In addition to collegiate coaching, Smith has been highly involved in a number of lacrosse camps and clubs throughout the northeast, including the Peak Performance Goalie Camp for the past five years and the Elite 180 Girls Camp for the last three. She has also coached the Nor'Easters Club Team in Hamden, Connecticut since the fall of 2010.
Smith takes over one of Babson's most successful programs following the departure of Kully Reardon, who will step down this May after 10 years at the helm of the Beavers. Under Reardon's guidance, Babson posted an overall record of 112-65, including a spectacular 71-21 mark and five consecutive NEWMAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths since 2007.
Smith, whose brother Chris recently graduated from Babson as a member of the Class of 2011, will also assist in the oversight of the College's athletic facilities.
"By all accounts Michelle is a rising star in the lacrosse community," says Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur. "Everyone that we talked to about Michelle spoke highly of her character, integrity, creativity and passion. The search committee had a challenging task finding someone to replace Kully. I believe we found the perfect individual to lead our women's lacrosse student-athletes."
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Josh MacArthur and the search committee for this wonderful opportunity," Smith says. "Kully has established a rich tradition of success in her tenure here and I am humbled by the chance to continue it. It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I begin to work with the women's lacrosse student-athletes and the rest of the Babson community."
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