Lincoln, NE – Huskers lacrosse is regretfully announcing the resignation of their current coaching staff, both Head Coach Jacob Smith and Assistance Head Coach David Redfern. Both coaches have made significant strides in growing the game of lacrosse in the Midwest and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Coach Smith joined Nebraska in 2008 as an assistant coach, but was promoted to Head Coach the after just one season with the team. Coach Smith’s experience in establishing a successful MCLA lacrosse program started at the University of Northern Colorado where he served as team president and captain and led the UNC Bears to two consecutive national championship appearances in 2006 and 2007.
In 2009, just after taking the head coaching position, Coach Smith took the Huskers to their first ever-winning season. They went 9-4 and qualified for the clubs first and only playoff qualification.
Coach Smith and his family; Shanell Sanchez-Smith, who has currently just obtained her Doctorate at the University of Nebraska have made the decision to devote their efforts in raising their now 16 month old daughter Sofia and pursuing a new career opportunities.
Wherever Coach Smith and family end up in the next year he will pursue the growth of this beautiful game we all love…lacrosse.
Assistant coach Redfern started his role as a player at Nebraska. He served the team in multiple roles including captain, vice president and president. Coach Redfern helped turn the team around and lead the Huskers to their first invitation to the conference tournament while receiving multiple awards along the way. After graduation he decided to stay with the team and help teach and promote the sport in the area.
After three seasons as an assistant, Coach Redfern will be pursuing a more personal career orientated path that leads away from the field for some time. We wish the best of luck to coach Redfern in his future endeavors and we know he will be back on the sidelines soon helping, teaching, and promoting the sport where ever he settles in the near future.