HEAD COACH MITCH SHAFER
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 guided the Saints to their best season in program history as they went 9-6 during the 2019 season and qualified for the GLVC Tournament. Maryville played six ranked teams during the campaign and recorded its first win over a ranked team as the Saints defeated No. 18 Saint Leo. Shafer helped coach his younger brother, Lucas Shafer, to the USILA All-American Honorable Mention team and earn the 2019 GLVC Offensive Player of the Year Award. In addition, Lucas Shafer was voted to CoSIDA Academic All-American status. Coach Shafer saw Jayden Fraser earn the 2019 GLVC Freshman of the Year award, and seven other individuals were selected to the All-GLVC squads. Lucas Shafer and Jake Socia were first-team selections, while Fraser was a second-team honoree to highlight the team's awards.
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.