Kirsten began her first season as the assistant coach for the Young Harris College women’s lacrosse program after spending three seasons at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. Smith was the interim head coach of the women’s lacrosse program last season after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach. In 2017, the Bulldogs advanced to the South Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse tournament championship game for the first time in the program’s history. Wingate won 31 matches during Smith’s three seasons with the program.
Smith joined the Bulldog family following a successful academic and athletic career at SAC member Lenoir-Rhyne University. On the field, the 2015 L-R grad completed her Bears’ career with 110 points (85 goals and 25 assists), 90 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. The midfielder served as a team captain during her senior season.
Smith received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in sports studies from Lenoir-Rhyne. Smith was a member of the Mortar Board senior honors society and the Chi Alpha Sigma athletic honors society.
Smith spent the summer of 2014 as a student assistant coach for the Queen City Stars club lacrosse team in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has two summers of experience as an assistant coach for the Cyclones of Southern Maryland girls’ lacrosse team. Smith worked three summers as a lacrosse coach and horseback riding instructor at the Sandy Hill Camp and Retreat Center in North East, Maryland.
The Dunkirk, Maryland. native holds a US Lacrosse Level I coaching certification. While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Smith served two years on the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with a stint as the group’s secretary. As a senior, she was an L-R peer tutor.