3d Lacrosse Names Longtime College Coach Brian Small New Director of Portland-Based 3d Oregon
PORTLAND, ORE. — 3d Lacrosse has named longtime college coach Brian Small the new Director of 3d Oregon.
“3d Lacrosse is thrilled to welcome Brian Small to our growing group of coaches who bring passion and unique experience to key roles in our company,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“Brian has an outstanding background as a college coach and has a great deal of experience working with a large number of student-athletes who come from a range of backgrounds thanks to his time at a variety of respected colleges and universities. We are excited to bring a coach like Brian onto our team to lead the charge in our Oregon market.”
Small was an assistant coach for Bucknell University from 2016 to 2017 and, prior to working in Lewisburg, Pa., was an assistant coach at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire from 2015 to 2016.
In 2012, Small founded the men’s Division III program at John Carroll University near Cleveland, Ohio. As the head coach, he guided the Blue Streaks to a 13-4 record and the Ohio Athletic Conference championship game in their first season of NCAA play. The team compiled a record of 22-11 overall in Small’s time at the helm and became the first, and remain the only, team to reach the Ohio Athletic Conference title game in their first two years of competition.
Before launching the John Carroll program, Small was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut from 2010 to 2012. There, he helped the Bobcats capture the 2011 Northeast Conference regular season title and tournament championship.
From 2009 to 2010, Small was an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, also in Connecticut, where he was the offensive coordinator for the Pioneers.
Small’s first coaching stint came at Ohio Wesleyan University, a storied Division III program and his alma mater, where he was an assistant and face-off coach from 2008 to 2009. While at OWU, he helped the Bishops reach the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament.
As a player at OWU, Small helped OWU win four consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference titles from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, he was honored as an All-American and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game as a member of the South roster.
Earlier in his career, Small was an All-Conference first-team selection in 2004 and 2005 and was an honorable mention choice in 2003. He led his team in groundballs as a junior and as a senior.
A native of Baltimore, Small attended and played lacrosse at Calvert Hall College High School, one of the nation’s top scholastic lacrosse programs.
“I’m fired up to return to coaching and to join the 3d Lacrosse team of coaches,” said Small, who spent the last year and half working in client relations for a staffing firm in Baltimore.
“I’m especially excited to hit the ground running in Oregon, which is an incredible place with a lot of young players who want to learn this game and play it as much as they can. This sport has given a great deal to me and I’m excited to create opportunities for as many young players as I can while working with a great group of 3d coaches in place in Oregon.”
Small will immediately begin overseeing coaching and programming operations for 3d Oregon, which offers training and Select opportunities for boys and girls at the youth and scholastic levels.
“3d Oregon quickly established itself as a strong presence on the West Coast for us and with Brian’s leadership, we have the right combination of coaching, training and development and recruiting opportunities to help raise the bar in Oregon,” Waldbaum said.
“We’re looking forward to what’s in store for 3d Lacrosse families in the Pacific Northwest.”
For more information about 3d Oregon, as well as other 3d Select regional offerings, visit 3dlacrosse.com/select.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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