Varsity Volleyball Coach North St. Paul, MN 2007-2016. Career Coaching record of 195-90, seven consecutive 20-win seasons, two conference championships, 2 conference coach of the year awards and two section coach of the year awards.
North Juniors Club Director and Coach North St. Paul, MN. 2009-2017. Attended and competed in numerous regional qualifiers and national tournaments.
Summer camp coach at North High School, Midwest Volleyball Instructors, Iowa State University, Hamline University and Augsburg College.
Coaching Experience University of Minnesota Men’s Lacrosse Club Minneapolis, MN Defensive Assistant Coach June 2015 - present Helped lead the team to a UMLC Conference Championship for the first time since 2005.
Minnesota Lacrosse Club Minneapolis, MN Director of Player Development June 2015 – present. Helped oversee the expansion of team from two in 2015, to seven for the upcoming season.
Bloomington Kennedy High School Bloomington, MN Varsity Defensive Coordinator March 2013 - June 2015.
Minnesota Loons Lacrosse Club Minneapolis, MN U16 Assistant Coach September 2012 – November 2013.
Playing Experience University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Defensemen/Midfielder 2012-2015. 2015 Team Captain. In 2015, 2014 Team Defensive Player of the Year. 2014, 2013 UMLC All-Conference Defensemen
Bloomington Kennedy High School Bloomington, MN Defensemen 2007-2011. Three-year Varsity starter, three-year team Captain. 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All-American. 2011, 2010 All-Section, All-Conference
This season's team
Everyone was clapping and cheering, the band was playing the school song, and there was an excitement in the air. The pep fest for the Thunderbolts was full of energy. The athletes walked in with big smiles on their faces and introduced themselves. Unified Club was there, as well as many other students. Not all of the Thunderbolts could make it since many go to Woodbury and Park, but the athletes from East Ridge were present. The Thunderbolts are the adaptive athletic team that represents Woodbury, East Ridge, and Park High School. They have gone to state numerous times and the athletes can choose to participate in soccer, floor hockey, and/or softball. This pep fest was held to celebrate the fact that they made it to the state qualifying game for floor hockey.
In floor hockey, they have five people and a goalie on the floor for each team. There are three periods that are each fifteen minutes, and the Thunderbolts keep it action-packed. Their win to loss ratio is 13-0 this season, and Bryce Smith has scored 30 goals!
I got to talk to Bryce one-on-one after the pep fest and learn more about his involvement with the Thunderbolts. He plays all three sports offered, and has played soccer and softball since seventh grade. Bryce started floor hockey as a freshman, and is now a junior and still playing. I asked him which sport is his favorite to play, and his reply was soccer. When asked why, he said, “I like to score a lot of goals and play goalie.” Bryce also enjoys floor hockey and softball, with his favorite part of hockey being “playing defense.” In softball he is the pitcher, which he admits can be stressful sometimes but is still his favorite thing about the sport.
I asked Bryce what his favorite parts about playing for the Thunderbolts are, and his answer was very heartwarming. “I like playing with my teammates, it’s fun. I also really like when my family comes to cheer me on and they make posters.” He also said that when they lose, he thinks, “We’ll win next time” instead of getting down on himself. The floor hockey season came to a close with a fourth place finish in the third-place game against Maple Grove. Tyler Tinucci and Justin Neff scored for the Thunderbolts in the game that ended with a score of 8-2.
Overall they had a great season playing floor hockey. Now with spring coming, softball will be starting up soon - so come cheer on the Thunderbolts!
Story by Anna Wolf
Megan Schiferl - 2017 ERHS Athena Winner
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