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MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, GROWTH, IMPACT


AHEAD OF ITS TIME


Before Google or YouTube, US Lacrosse came


online with the Coach Development Program BY MATT HAMILTON


Erin Smith still has a copy of Bob Scott’s “Lacrosse:


Technique and Tradition” sitting on top of a filing cabinet in her office. Her husband bought it for her as a gift — and as a bit of a joke. It’s the first book she found in a Pittsburgh library in 2000, when she looked to learn more about coaching women’s lacrosse. Materials were hard to come by for coaches back then, and she knew that needed to change. “My coaching background and experience was more in field hockey. I had played lacrosse, but not until college and at the club level,” Smith said. “So I thought if I’m in this situation, other people are also in that situation.”


Just days before Smith was hired at US Lacrosse in 2004, it released its first online courses for men’s and women’s coaches. She quickly became an integral part of the emergence of Coach Education Program (now Coach Development Program) — which served to create nationally standardized and accessible education for lacrosse. What started as a program well ahead of its time has now expanded to provide three levels of certification, more than 100 in-person clinics each year taught by experienced coaches and professional educators, access to more than 1,500 online


CDP trainer Kate Leavell USlaxmagazine.com continued on page 16 April 2017 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE 15


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