2010 marked a new era for Colorado State University men’s lacrosse as Alex Smith took the helm for his first full season as head coach. Graduating from Colorado State in 2003 as a goaltender, Smith was a part of three national championship teams as a player. Serving as an assistant coach to lacrosse legend Flip Naumburg, Smith and the Rams won their fourth MCLA title in 2006, making Naumburg and Smith the only people in MCLA history with four national championship rings. Since graduating, Smith became the first player in the MCLA to play for Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws, where he served as a goaltender from 2006-2010. He also served as an assistant coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Outlaws in 2010 and 2011.
Smith became head coach after five years as an assistant to Naumburg and as interim head coach in 2009, he led the Rams to a 7-2 record. In his first full season in 2010, Coach Smith was named the RMLC Conference and MCLA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Rams to a 17-3 season that included an RMLC Championship and national quarterfinal appearance.
In 2012, Smith and the Rams won their fifth MCLA Championship and third straight RMLC Championship on the backs of a 19-2 overall record and an MCLA record-setting defensive performance at the national championship tournament. Through three years, his overall record as head coach is 54-8.
Contact Alex at coachsmith (@) csulacrosse.com.
TW Winston – Defensive Coordinator
In his first full season with the Rams as Defensive Coordinator in 2010, TW Winston’s impact was immediately felt. Coming to CSU with a strong pedigree after playing his high school ball at Boys’ Latin in Baltimore and then collegiately for John Haus at Washington College, Winston’s knowledge and energy on the defensive end became a huge part of the team’s success. Winston’s defense allowed just under 7 goals a game in 2010, only allowing double digits twice. In 2011, Winston was in charge of four all-conference players and led the defense to a 6.88 goals against average in 21 games. 2012 saw even more gains as Winston spearheaded a defensive effort that allowed only 5.06 goals against in 21 games and set an MCLA record with a paltry 15 goals against in four national tournament contests.
Brennan Rachman – Assistant Coach
Joining the CSU coaching staff in the spring of 2013, Brennan Rachman will work with the midfielders, face-off unit, and run the substitution box on gamedays. Hailing from Southern California where he worked at El Toro High School and with the Starz lacrosse programs, Rachman’s addition will be extremely important for the Rams moving into the new year.