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Shannon Smith Shanna Brady Torin Varn Alyssa Costantino
Head Coach

Shannon Smith, a three-time first-team lacrosse All-American who is among the most decorated players in the sport, is now in her second season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Hofstra University.

Smith became the ninth head coach in the history of the Hofstra women’s lacrosse program. In her first season at the helm, Smith led the Pride to an 11-8 mark and a berth in the CAA Championship game. The Pride posted a six-win improvement from 2012 and ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense, ground balls per game and caused turnovers. Sophomore April Iannetta shared the CAA Defensive Player of the Year Award, freshman Becky Conto took home CAA Rookie of the Year accolades and sophomore Brittain Altomare set a new school record for assists under Smith’s tutelage.

Smith completed a four-year playing career at Northwestern in May 2012. Among her many highlights included winning three NCAA titles, earning three first team All-American honors (2010, 2011, 2012) and capturing the 2011 Tewaaraton (presented annually to the NCAA women's and men's lacrosse player of the year) and lacrosse Honda (recognized as the top collegiate female athlete in her sport, and the award is considered by many as one of the highest honors a female college athlete can receive in the nation) Awards.

Smith is very adept at the business side of lacrosse as well. Since 2009, she has served as a director with Long Island Top Guns girls lacrosse club. Smith has assisted with every aspect of the club and helped organize and coach a training program for over 300 players. From managing the business side of the club to coaching teams, Smith has played a vital role in the development of one of the top club programs in the area. Through her work with Long Island Top Guns, Smith manages a total of four camps, while overseeing a staff of over 20 people.

This past June Smith coached the North squad at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

Smith’s immense experience at the highest level of lacrosse continues with her extensive US Lacrosse career. Just this past weekend, she was named to the roster for the 2012-14 U.S. women’s national senior team. This group will serve as the training team pool for the team that will defend Team USA's 2009 gold medal at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. Smith also was part of the 2011-12 U.S. women’s national training team and the 2007 U.S. women’s national under-19 team. As a member of the U-19 squad, she helped lead the team to the Gold Medal at the 2007 World Cup.

A key player on three teams that captured NCAA titles at Northwestern (2009, 2011, 2012), Smith was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 and 2012 Championships. During her career, she scored 58 points in the NCAA Tournament to rank second all-time in that category.

Smith is not defined solely by her postseason honors and awards, though, as she totaled 254 goals, 108 assists and 362 points during her career. Her goals total ranks first all-time in program history, while she is second all-time in points and third in assists. Her 86 goals in 2011 are a single-season record for the Northwestern program. In addition, she ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse in points and ninth in goals.

She played in 91 games during her career at Northwestern, adding 118 draw controls, 85 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. Smith had 19 game-winning goals during her career and her 2011 season was her most prolific with 86 goals, 42 assists, 128 points, 39 draw controls, 25 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Smith has done charitable work in the Long Island community as well. She is actively involved with the Friends of Jacyln Foundation and Our Lady of Grace Garden. She also helped lead a group of counselors at the South Bay Elementary School (West Babylon, New York) Lacrosse Camp to raise $6,500 towards the reconstruction of the school after a fire.

A native of West Babylon, New York, Smith attended West Babylon High School where she was a six-time letter-winner and was a member of the varsity squad starting in seventh grade. Smith was one of the top scholastic lacrosse players to ever come out of Long Island as she had 729 points on 505 goals and 224 assists during her career. Both the points and goals totals are New York state records as is her 129 goals in 2006.

Smith received her bachelor of science in liberal arts, with a major in economics and minor in business institutions program, from Northwestern.

Shanna Brady
Assistant Coach

Shanna Brady is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse program.

"Shanna is a tremendous addition to our program," commented Smith. "She has played and succeeded at the highest level of collegiate lacrosse and has strong experience coaching collegiately and on the club level. We are thrilled that she is joining us at Hofstra and will serve as our defensive and recruiting coordinator. Shanna has a pure passion for the game of lacrosse and we are eager for her to start working with our student-athletes."

Brady, a native of Smithtown, New York, joins the Hofstra program after serving as an assistant coach at LIU Post this past season. Brady oversaw the defensive unit for the Pioneers, who compiled a 17-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Quarterfinals. She also assisted in in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, organizing team travel and community outreach.

Brady won a pair of national titles as a student-athlete at Maryland in 2014 and 2015 and reached championship weekend all four years of her highly-successful career.

She totaled 75 ground balls, 46 caused turnovers and 30 draw controls during a career that spanned 92 games. Incredibly, Brady started 91 of the 92 games she played in during her career.

Brady has also served as a coach with the Long Island Express Lacrosse Club from 2011 to 2014 and was a two-year member of Maryland's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her undergraduate career.

She is currently playing professionally for the Long Island Sound of the United Women's Lacrosse League.

Brady earned her degree in family science from Maryland in 2015.

Torin Varn

Torin Varn is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse program.

"I am excited to welcome Torin to our staff here at Hofstra," commented Smith. "Torin will be a great addition to the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse program and his knowledge and willingness to learn will be great assets for our student-athletes. I am also thrilled to add someone to our staff with such a passion and love for our University and lacrosse programs."

Varn, a 2014 graduate of Hofstra with a degree in history, was a four-year member of the Pride Men’s Lacrosse team and earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in his senior campaign.

Varn joins the Hofstra program after serving as a volunteer assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Mount St. Mary’s (MD) for the past season. He served as the offensive coordinator for the team and helped four players to all-conference accolades and two players earn spots in the North-South All-Star Game. Varn also assisted in recruiting and handling equipment.

Prior to his position at Mount St. Mary’s, Varn was a graduate assistant coach with the Stevenson men’s lacrosse program from 2014 to 2016. He handled a multitude of tasks with the Mustangs, including recruiting, practice planning, development and academic support.

Varn, a native of Ithaca, New York, also earned his first all-conference honor in 2014 by being named to the All-CAA second team. He started all 16 games on attack as a senior. Varn recorded career-highs of 32 goals, five assists and 37 points and led the team in goals and was second in points. He finished out his career with back-to-back 30-goal seasons. For his career he had 73 goals, nine assists and 82 points.

Varn has also worked various lacrosse camps as part of the Hopkins Hofstra Elite Lax Camp and has extensive volunteer experience with the HEADstrong Foundation, Tunnel to Towers Run and Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Alyssa Costantino

Alyssa Costantino has joined the Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach, Head Coach Shannon Smith announced today. "We are thrilled to announce another great addition to our staff in Alyssa Costantino," commented Smith. "Alyssa has played collegiately at the highest level and her strong knowledge of the goalie position will be an asset to our program."

Costantino graduated from Syracuse in 2014 after playing goalkeeper for four years for the Orange women’s lacrosse team. A two-year captain, Costantino helped the team to three Final Four appearances, including appearances in the National Championship in 2012 and 2014 and a BIG EAST championship in 2013. She started all 23 games as a sophomore, earning All-Northeast Region First Team and All-BIG EAST Second Team honors.

The West Islip, New York, native was also successful in the classroom at Syracuse, earning a spot on the ACC Honor Roll in the spring of 2014 in addition to being a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and a four-time Syracuse Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection.

Costantino served as a coach of the West Islip Girls’ Lacrosse Travel Teams in the summers of 2013 and 2014, coaching fifth and seventh graders in tournaments across Long Island. In March 2015, she began as the West Islip Udall Middle School Girls’ Lacrosse Assistant Coach, spending five or six days a week at practice with the seventh and eighth graders.

Away from lacrosse, Costantino served as an intern in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the summer of 2015. She graduated from Syracuse with a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences.