2010: A New Era
Alex Smith - Head Coach
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 for the Outlaws in 2010.
Smith becomes 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, 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.
Contact Alex at coachsmith (@) csulacrosse.com or at (970) 377-1390.
Flip Naumburg - Co-Head Coach
Smith succeeds one of the most famous and successful coaches in MCLA history in Flip Naumburg. Naumburg coached at CSU for 14 years, developing one of the strongest programs in collegiate lacrosse. Naumburg also owns Rock-it Pocket and is a co-director of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. He was named to the Colorado Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named USLIA Coach of the Year following the 1999 season. With an extensive knowledge of the game and players, Naumburg is an asset of the highest value to the team. He built the CSU men's lacrosse program into what it is today and will remain an integral part of our family for years to come.
TW Winston - Defensive Coordinator
In his first full season with the Rams as Defensive Coordinator, 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.