Brian Small, a former All-American at Ohio Wesleyan who had been a college head coach and assistant coach over the previous eight years, joined the Bucknell men’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in July 2016. Small came to Bucknell from Dartmouth, where he was an assistant coach in 2016 after a three-year stint as head coach at John Carroll.
“I am very excited to have Brian on our staff,” said Bison head coach Frank Fedorjaka. “He brings a great deal of experience, energy and enthusiasm. He has worked on both sides of the ball at the collegiate level, and we plan on taking advantage of his dynamic abilities in all areas of the program. I think his experience as a head coach will give him a unique perspective as an assistant coach.”
“I am very humbled and excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Bucknell men’s lacrosse program and the Bucknell community,” said Small. “I would like to thank Coach Frank Fedorjaka and the Bucknell Athletics administration for giving my family and me this amazing opportunity. The Bucknell men’s lacrosse program has a great rich history and Coach Fed has grown this program not only into a Patriot League power, but a contender and top program in the country in NCAA Division 1 lacrosse. Coach Fedorjaka and Coach Joe Connor are both well respected in the lacrosse community, and I am looking forward to learning more from them and helping them take the program to new heights.”
Small was the first-ever head men’s lacrosse coach at John Carroll after the sport was established there in 2012-13. In their first season of NCAA competition in 2014, the Blue Streaks finished 13-4 and advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference championship game. A year later they went 9-7 and returned to the postseason, giving Small a 22-11 record in his two competitive seasons.
Prior to establishing John Carroll’s brand-new program, Small spent two seasons as assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Quinnipiac, where he helped the Bobcats claim Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2011. One of his top defenders, Chris Coppolechia, led the nation in caused turnovers.
Small also spent one season each as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart (2010) and Ohio Wesleyan (2009 NCAA appearance), while his introduction to the coaching profession came as a high school coach in his native Baltimore from 2005-08.
Small is a 2005 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, where he earned a degree in sports management. As a senior midfielder, he was named an Honorable Mention USILA All-American and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game after helping the Battling Bishops to its third straight North Coast Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. He led his team in ground balls in 2004 and 2005 and was a two-time First Team All-NCAC selection. In 2006, Small played professionally with the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.
Small, who played his high school lacrosse at Calvert Hall in Baltimore, has also coached at numerous camps across the United States and Canada, including Bucknell’s summer camp.
Bucknell finished 10-5 last season, falling in double overtime to Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.