Lee University

Lee University Athletics
PO Box 3450 - 1120 North Ocoee St Cleveland, TN 37320
Division 2 Tennessee Southeast
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Derrel Martin

Head Coach Derrel Martin completed his first season with a 4-12 overall record and 1-7 in the rugged Gulf South Conference standings. As the women's lacrosse head coach, Martin is second head coach in the two-year history of the program.

“The 2019 season was a year for learning for all of us,” said Coach Martin “(Assistant) Coach Megan Smith and I were new to the program and it took a while for us to figure out everything as a team. Just when we thought we had our team set, we lost our entire defense to either injury or attrition.” Sophomore Kaylyn Dillion earned a spot on the All-GSC team for the second straight year.

Martin previously served as head coach of the women's lacrosse team at Tennessee Wesleyan University where he led the Bulldogs to an 11-5 record with a roster that included 15 freshmen and just six returners. His ladies finished the year ranked No. 9 nationally in the NAIA and placed second in the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season standings.

"There is such an energy and passion on this campus and around the lacrosse program in particular," said Martin. "It's an exciting time for the sport in general in this area of the country.

Martin received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State in 1986. He served in law enforcement for 31 years while coaching lacrosse at Cookeville High School (2007-2014) prior to taking over at TWU.

Martin has two children, Patrick Martin and Caroline Martin Hampshire.

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Megan Smith

Megan Smith enters her second year as an assistant under head coach Derrel Martin

Smith was a standout player for Limestone College from 2011-15. She was a captain her senior year and helped lead the Saints to four straight Conference Carolinas Regular Season titles, three league tournament titles, an appearance in the NCAA D2 Quarterfinals (2013 and 2015) and a berth in the national championship match in 2013.

After graduating from Limestone in 2015 she served on staff as an assistant coach working with the goalies while overseeing aspects of recruiting and player development. Smith then took over the Converse College women's lacrosse program for one season before joining the staff of Chowan University as an assistant coach for one year.

Said Coach Martin: "Coach Smith is accomplished in every facet of our job. She is efficient, organized, and a great recruiter. On the field, she is very knowledgeable about the defensive side of the game and this year we should have the personnel to allow her to be even more creative with our defensive play”.

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