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SHANNON SMITH
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.

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.

Amanda Johansen

Amanda Johansen is in her first season with the Hofstra Women's Lacrosse program in 2019.

Johansen spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. While with the Women of Troy she helped guide USC to a 10-win campaign and assisted in the development of five student-athletes earning all-conference honors from the Pac-12 and three earning IWLCA All-Region accolades. Johansen served as the offensive coordinator for USC and help lead a unit that averaged 12 goals per game.

Prior to working at USC, Johansen spent a season as a graduate assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s. She served as the program’s defensive coordinator at Mount St. Mary’s and also oversaw much of the planning as it related to team travel.

Johansen was a decorated student-athlete at USC as she compiled 194 points on 134 goals and 60 assists during her 77-game career with the Women of Troy. She also had 258 draw controls. The 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Year and a Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Third Team All-American as a senior, she was a team captain in 2015 and 2016 and was an integral part of USC’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and run to the NCAA Quarterfinals as a senior in 2016.

Johansen has also played professionally as she played two seasons with the Baltimore Ride of the United Women’s Lacrosse League and most recently is a member of the Baltimore Brave of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.

Johansen, who graduated from USC in 2016, earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and also received a minor in sports media studies. She earned her master’s degree in sports management from Mount St. Mary’s in 2017.