MITCH SHAFER | HEAD COACH
Mitchell Shafer was named head coach of the Saints men’s lacrosse team prior to the 2018 season. Promoted from Offensive Coordinator, he guided Maryville to the program's first win in a victory at Lindenwood-Belleville. Shafer helped three Saints earn Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Honorable Mention honors in Jacob Campbell, Mathieu Jung and William DeVinney.
In his first full year as head coach, Shafer led the Saints to an overall record of 5-12 and the program’s first appearance in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. The season was highlighted with key victories against Shorter and Montevallo, the program’s first conference win. Shafer also helped four players receive GLVC All-Conference Honors in freshman Jake Socia, Tim McCarthy and senior Tristan Snellgrove. Freshman Parker Lee garnered Honorable Mention Honors.
Shafer, a Hamburg, N.Y., native, played lacrosse at Hamburg High School where he won two section championships. He played collegiately at Lake Erie College. With the Storm, Shafer was a four-year player, a three-year starter at attack and team captain his senior season. He led Lake Erie to four ECAC conference tournaments, three ECAC conference final appearances and back-to-back conference championships in 2014 and 2015. He helped the Storm to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2015. Shafer led the Storm to its first NCAA playoff game in school history against Mercyhurst in 2013 and first win against University of Tampa in 2015.
During his playing career at Lake Erie, Shafer helped the Storm defeat numerous nationally-ranked teams, including LeMoyne, Tampa and Mercyhurst. LEC took down No. 1 Limestone and became the first top-ranked team in school history. Shafer was voted ECAC first-team All-Conference, the Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week and the ECAC Player of the Week. Shafer holds the LEC record for career assists, is fourth all-time in career points, and his class posted a record of 43-19. He graduated from Lake Erie with a double major in business administration and sport management.
CHRISTOPHER BURKE | ASSISTANT COACH
Christopher Burke was named assistant coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Saints men's lacrosse team prior to the 2018 season. In his first season, he helped the program to a 5-12 record. Defensively he helped lead a unit that attained a Caused Turnover Per game of 9.53 (12th nationally) and a 9.0 goals against average (31st). From this defensive unit, freshmen defensemen Jake Socia and Tim McCarthy received GLVC All-Conference Honors.
Burke, a Virginia Beach, Va., native, played lacrosse at First Colonial Lacrosse Club where he participated in three division championships. Before taking the field as a player, he joined the coaching staff at St. Leo University, under the tutelage of Bradley Jorgensen, for two years prior to walking on and playing for the Lions. As a coach, Burke helped the Lions to an overall record of 16-13 and a SSC and DSC Playoff appearances.
Burke was a three-year player, and made the biggest impact as a man-down specialist. He served as team captain his senior season. Burke led Saint Leo to an SSC conference tournament bid and an overall record of 25-17.
Before his college playing career at St. Leo, Burke served in the United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of Corporal and receiving the Purple Heart for being combat wounded while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. While at St. Leo University, Burke also served as the Student Veterans of America President, received The Heart of The Lion Award, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in multimedia management.
AUSTIN DAHL | ASSISTANT COACH
St. Louis native Austin Dahl begins his first season as a Saints assistant coach for the 2019 season. He graduated from Eureka High School in 2014 and was a four-year starter at Missouri Baptist University. Dahl was a two-time captain for MBU and helped the Spartans to two conference finals, a conference championship and two national tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.
During his time at Missouri Baptist University, Dahl was a four-time All-American, earning first-team All-American, second-team honors twice as well as All-American honorable mention. He was an eight-time All-Conference selection, covering two positions. At MBU, Dahl holds the record for most goals scored in a game (10) and ranks second in career goals (136). He recorded at least one point in every game from his sophomore season through his senior year. In the classroom, Dahl earned three Academic All-American awards and was a two-time president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. He graduated from MBU in 2018 with a degree in sports management.