Jacquelyn Smith has been named the founding Head Girls Lacrosse Coach. Smith has experience coaching lacrosse at the high school and college levels. As a player, she was part of three high school league championships at El Toro High School and also four NCAA tournament appearances with the University of Redlands. Following her playing career, Smith joined the coaching staff at the University of Redlands before becoming an assistant coach at Concordia University, Irvine.
"As an alumni of an inaugural high school team myself, I am beyond excited to head the new girls' lacrosse program at Crean Lutheran," Smith says. "Lacrosse has so much to offer, from the camaraderie of teammates to the physical and mental strength that comes from good competition. I am pleased to aid and guide each player in this experience! My goal is for lacrosse to play a key role in personal growth for Crean Lutheran student-athletes and eventually for our team to compete with the best programs in the county."
Crean Lutheran High School has named Concordia University Men’s Lacrosse Coach Ryan Brent as the school’s Founding Director & Head Lacrosse Coach.
Brent, who last month capped his four-year tenure at Concordia by leading the university’s men’s club team to a 17-1 record and the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championship, amassed an overall record of 62-11 while leading the Eagles’ program and this year was voted the MCLA National Coach of the Year. He will join the Crean Lutheran faculty effective July 1 and teach Advanced Placement and Honors Psychology in addition to his coaching responsibilities.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to join CLHS as the founding lacrosse coach,” Brent said. The atmosphere and support at CLHS is extraordinary, and I felt called to join this amazing faith-centered environment.
“Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport for the past decade and has turned Orange County into a hotbed for the sport. Crean Lutheran High School's location and dedication to teaching Christian values through the pursuit of competitive excellence makes the school a very desirable destination and will lead to a premiere lacrosse program in the near future.”
Brent was twice selected the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year during the past four years, and in 2015, he received his first MCLA National Coach of the Year award. He has also enjoyed success on the high school level, leading the Mission Viejo High School boys’ team to the 2011 US Lacrosse DII Orange County and CIF Southern Section Championships.
“Crean Lutheran Athletics is very excited to launch the lacrosse program this coming year under Coach Brent’s leadership,” Athletic Director Eric Olson said. “Coach Brent is an accomplished coach who has enjoyed success at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. He is a natural-born leader who will facilitate an organized, competitive, vision-driven, and spiritually-based program that will glorify God daily.”
Crean Lutheran will formally introduce Brent to the community during an on-campus reception on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m. A summer program for both the boys’ and girls’ programs is confirmed for July 31 - August 4 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Great Park. A second week is tentatively scheduled for August 7-11.