Kirsten Smith

Coach Smith enters her second season as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team in the fall of 2020. She led the Lady Lions to a 3-3 record during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season including her first win as head coach in a 12-11 victory over Oglethorpe.

Smith comes to Demorest after spending one season at NCAA Division II Young Harris where she helped the Mountain Lions to an 11-7 record and a runner-up finish in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. After the 2019 season, six players were named to the GSC All-Conference list while midfielder Erika Cross was named conference Player of the Year.

Prior to her arrival in Georgia, Smith spent three seasons at Wingate University where she served as the assistant coach for two seasons, before being named interim head coach for the 2017-18 year. During her time with the Bulldogs, Smith helped coach 23 All-Conference players and had two players named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Zag Sport Academic Honor Roll. As a team, Wingate was named to the Academic Honor Squad twice. In 2017, the Bulldogs posted a school-record for victories (13) and 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.

On the field, the 2015 Lenoir-Rhyne graduate 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 before obtaining her master’s degree in sport management from Wingate.

The Dunkirk, Md. native holds a US Lacrosse Level I coaching certification.