Jacquelyn “Jacky” Smith has been named head coach of Crean Lutheran’s girls lacrosse team. The announcement was made on Crean Lutheran’s website.
Smith is a graduate of El Toro High School and helped lead the Chargers to three Sea View league championships. Smith received All-American recognition, first-team All-League three times, All-County, and represented Southern California at the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national tournament in 2009.
“As an alumnus of an inaugural high school team [El Toro] myself, I am beyond excited to head the new girls’ lacrosse program at Crean Lutheran,” Smith said in a press release. “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.”
Smith also played college lacrosse at the University of Redlands, where she guided the Bulldogs to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances Following her playing career, Smith became an assistant for the Bulldogs and also became an assistant for Concordia University of Irvine.
“Jacquelyn is passionate about coaching lacrosse and even more passionate about her relationship with Jesus,” Crean Lutheran Athletic Director Eric Olson said in a press release. “She is looking forward to sharing this passion with her players through the sport she loves.”
Crean Lutheran will playing in its inaugural season in the spring of 2018.