Meet the Camp the Staff

 

"My passion for coaching has always been the joy I get out of seeing the kids improve and have fun. It doesn't matter whether it is coaching at the Division 1 level or directing a camp of youth kids,  coaching has given me the opportunity to give back to a game that has given so much to me" - Camp and Tournament Director Dane Smith

Dane Smith- Camp Director
 

 

Dane, a former midfielder and two year captain at Robert Morris brings years of experience to the camp scene. Dane is currently in his 8th and final season as head coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Beginning in the summer of 2022 Dane will take over as the Head Coach at Our Lady Good Counsel in Olney, MD (WCAC). In the past 7 years the St. Andrew's lacrosse program has reached a program high in wins since 2005 and most recently finished the 2018, 2019 and 2021 season undefeated in conference play, securing multiple conference titles.  In his time Coach Smith has had 17 players graduate and go on to play college lacrosse at the Div 1 and Div. 3 level. Recent alumni of Coach Smith's program are playing at Maryland, Marist, UMBC and Amherst.  

 

Prior to his start at St. Andrew's Dane spent 2 seasons as a Division 1 assistant coach at Robert Morris University. As an assistant coach at RMU, Smith primarily worked with the defense and man down unit. In his first season at Robert Morris (2013), the team reached the NEC championship for the first time in school history. The defense at RMU finished 1st in the country in caused turnovers in 2013, 3rd in the country in caused turnovers in 2014, and the man down unit finished among the top 15 in the country for both seasons under the direction of Smith. Over the years Dane has coached multiple all conference players and in his two seasons at RMU had 3 players drafted to the National Lacrosse League (NLL). 


Before his time at RMU Smith spent time as an assistant coach at Otterbein University and at Mt. Lebanon High School. He helped the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) state semifinals in 2012 as the squad posted 16 wins.

A 2011 graduate of Robert Morris University Smith was a two-year captain for the Colonials, helping RMU to a then program record 10 wins in 2010 before leading the squad to its first-ever postseason berth in 2011. As a defensive midfielder, Smith competed in 53 career contests for Robert Morris and tallied 44 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. He also displayed a level of dependability as he played in 46 consecutive games to close his Colonial career.