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Mark Miyashita

Canisius Hall-of-Fame inductee Mark Miyashita â??03 was named head coach of the Golden Griffins menâ??s lacrosse program in August 2017.
 
A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Miyashita is the fourth coach in program history.  
 
In his first two seasons back on Main Street, Miyashita has led the Golden Griffins to 16 wins and back-to-back appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Menâ??s Lacrosse Championship.
 
He guided Canisius to the 2018 MAAC title in his first season at the helm, where the Griffs recorded a pair of thrilling overtime victories against top seeds Quinnipiac and Detroit Mercy on their way to securing their third league title in program history.
 
The 2019 campaign saw Miyashita mentor a young Griffs squad to an 8-8 overall record that included victories over nationally-ranked Colgate and eventual NEC Champion Robert Morris.
 
Freshman Jacob Buck was named MAAC Rookie of the Year, highlighting an awards haul that saw the Griffs match their program record for a second straight season as nine Canisius student-athletes garnered all-conference or all-rookie distinction for their play during the regular season. 

In his first season as head coach of his alma mater, Miyashita guided Canisius to its highest win total in 10 seasons, culminating in the programâ??s thrilling victory at the 2018 MAAC Championship.
 
Attackman Connor Kearnan put together one of the finest individual seasons in program history as he was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, MAAC Championship Most Valuable Player, Inside Lacrosse Media Honorable Mention All-American and USILA Scholar All-American. Kearnan was also an All-MAAC First Team selection, one of a record nine Griffs to earn all-conference accolades for their efforts during the 2018 campaign.  
 
In addition to his duties with the Griffs, Miyashita gained valuable coaching experience in the summer of 2018 when he served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the FIL World Championship. Working with fellow Canisius Hall of Famer and Team Canada head coach Randy Mearns, Miyashita helped guide the Red and White to a second-place finish at the 46-team event held in Netayna, Israel.

Miyashita returned to Canisius after four seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, helping the team advance twice to the Northeast Conference Tournament. Serving as the Pioneersâ?? offensive and recruiting coordinator, Miyashita built and orchestrated a Sacred Heart attack that ranked second in the NEC in scoring offense (11.33 goals/game) and featured four of the top-10 players in the league in points per game in 2017. He also played a key role in the programâ??s improvement in the classroom as the teamâ??s cumulative GPA rose more than a quarter of a point during his time with the Pioneers.
 
A member of the Canisius Hall of Fame class of 2013, Miyashita appeared in 42 games during his four seasons with the Blue and Gold, finishing his career ranked among the programâ??s career leaders in points (145/7th), assists (74/8th) and goals (71/15th). A three-time captain, Miyashita led the Griffs in points in both 2000 and 2003, two seasons where he also earned All-MAAC First Team honors. The schoolâ??s all-time leader in career faceoff percentage (.593) and ground balls (329), he led the nation in ground balls per game in 2000 with 10.69, a number that still ranks second-best in NCAA history to this day. He ended his career with 7.83 ground balls per game, a number that currently ranks eighth all-time in NCAA menâ??s lacrosse history.
 
The first overall pick of the Vancouver Ravens in the 2003 National Lacrosse League Draft, Miyashita played five seasons for Vancouver, Colorado and Minnesota. He finished with 17 goals and 41 assists in 46 career games played while also contributing 421 faceoff wins and 324 loose balls. Miyashita was also the top overall pick of the Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Association in 2003, helping guide the team to back-to-pack postseason appearances in 2004 and 2005.
 
Miyashita began his coaching career as the head coach at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colo., where he founded the lacrosse program when the school first opened in 2006. A two-time Douglas County Lacrosse League Coach of the Year selection, Miyashita led Castle Rock to its first league title in 2012. He coached multiple All-American and All-League players while also placing numerous players with various college programs at the Division I, II and III levels.
 
In addition to his work at the collegiate and high school levels, Miyashita has also been active at the club level, working with Xcelerate Lacrosse and the Denver Elite Lacrosse Club. He is also the founder and co-owner of Fundamental Lacrosse in Connecticut, an organization that provides box and field lacrosse instruction for players in the Nutmeg State.
 
Miyashita received his bachelorâ??s degree from the College in social studies education in 2003. He earned his masterâ??s degree in information and technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2010.
 
Miyashita is married to the former Theresa Delano, Ph.D., a fellow 2003 graduate of Canisius College and a native of Cheektowaga. They are the proud parents of their daughter, Alexis.

Derek Marks

Associate head coach Derek Marks joined the Canisius men's lacrosse program in September, 2017. 
 
In his role with the Golden Griffins, Marks handles the teamâ??s defensive players and schemes while overseeing the teamâ??s recruiting efforts. He also assists in the day-to-day operations of the program.

In his first season with the program, Marks helped guide Canisius to its highest win total in 10 seasons. He also helped lead the squad to the 2018 MAAC Menâ??s Lacrosse Championship as the Griffs recorded a pair of thrilling overtime victories against top seeds Quinnipiac and Detroit Mercy on their way to their third league title in program history.
 
Individually, defenders Holden Garlent and Logan Monroe were named All-MAAC First Team, part of a record nine Griffs to earn all-conference distinction for the 2018 campaign.
 
The 2019 season saw Marks mentor a Griffsâ?? defense that ranked 17th nationally in scoring defense (10.17), helping the squad record victories against nationally-ranked Colgate and eventual Northeast Conference Tournament champion Robert Morris, before qualifying for the MAAC Menâ??s Lacrosse Championship for the fourth consecutive season.
 
Garlent was an All-MAAC First Team selection for the second consecutive season as he ranked second in the MAAC in caused turnovers and third in caused turnovers per game. He was one of three members of the Canisius defense to garner all-conference distinction as Monroe and senior goalieBrad Nordstrom were both All-MAAC Second Team selections.
 
Marks joined the Golden Griffins from Post University, where he served as head coach for the previous two seasons. The programâ??s all-time winningest coach, he guided the Eagles to a school-record six wins during his first season in 2016 and the programâ??s second All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) performer.  
 
The stint was Marksâ?? second with the Eagles, having previously served as the top assistant for the teamâ??s inaugural season in 2014. The Eagles won four games that year and boasted an All-NEILA selection.
 
Prior to his return to Post, Marks spent the 2015 as an assistant coach with Fairfield University, helping guide the Stags to a Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and a USILA national ranking. He played a key role in the development of the CAAâ??s Rookie of the Year and seven all-conference selections.
Marks began his career at Mitchell College, working as an assistant for one year before being promoted to head coach, a position he held for three seasons (2011-13). In 2011, he led the Mariners to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) North Regional Playoffs. Mitchell repeated that feat in 2013.
 
A native of East Lyme, Conn., Marks graduated from Sacred Heart in 2008 with a bachelorâ??s degree in business administration and sports management.

Kris Alleyne

Former Rutgers standout Kris Alleyne joined the Canisius menâ??s lacrosse program as an assistant coach in August, 2018.  
 
In his role with the Golden Griffins, Alleyne works with the goaltenders and assists with game planning and recruiting.

In his first season on Main Street, Alleyne helped mentor senior goalie Brad Nordstrom, who anchored a Griffsâ?? defense unit that ranked 17th nationally in scoring defense (10.17).
 
An All-MAAC Second Team selection, Nordstrom ranked among the top-15 goalies nationally in both goals against average (9.96) and save percentage (.545). Nordstrom, a graduate transfer from Fairfield, was a four-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week selection and also garnered USILA Team-of-the-Week honors after recording a career-high 16 saves in Canisiusâ?? 8-6 victory over nationally-ranked Colgate at the Demske Sports Complex.
 
A four-year letterwinner with the Scarlet Knights, Alleyne appeared in 53 contests, posting a 10.40 goals against average and a .522 save percentage while recording 545 saves, the fifth most in school history.
 
The 2013 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, Alleyne was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. He played for the Rattlers during the 2017 season, recording a season-high 15 saves in his debut against the Florida Launch. He returned to the MLL as a member of the Dallas Rattlers for the 2019 season.
 
Prior to joining the Canisius staff, Alleyne gained valuable coaching experience when he served as an assistant coach with the Puerto Rico National Team during the 2018 FIL World Championship, helping to guide the squad to an eighth-place finish in its inaugural appearance in the event.

Joe Smith

Joe Smith joined the Canisius menâ??s lacrosse program as a volunteer assistant coach in 2018.

In his two seasons with the Golden Griffins, Smith has helped the squad to 16 wins and back-to-back appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Menâ??s Lacrosse Championship, highlighted by the programâ??s third MAAC title in 2018. 
 
Prior to joining the Canisius staff, Smith spent the previous seven seasons as the varsity head coach at nearby Canisius High School. During his time with the Crusaders, Smith guided the program to the Monsignor Martin championship in 2015 and runner-up finishes in each of the past two seasons. He also coached a pair of high school All-Americans while at Canisius.  

Smith was a four-year letterwinner at Towson (2000-04), recording 83 ground balls in 50 games as a close defenseman. He helped guide the Tigers to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles in 2003 and 2004. During his freshman season, Smith and the Tigers claimed the America East Conference championship and reached the NCAA Tournament Semifinals.
 
Upon graduations Smith played professionally in both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League. In six seasons in the NLL, Smith was a member of championship squads with the Rochester Knighthawks (2007) and Buffalo Bandits (2008) and also spent time with the Philadelphia Wings.
 
In 10 seasons in the MLL, Smith helped the Rochester Rattlers claim the Steinfeld Cup in 2008. He also played with the Chicago Machine, Denver Outlaws and Ohio Machine during his career.
 
Smith also appeared in the 2011 and 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships for the United States, helping the Red, White and Blue to a pair of third-place finishes.
 
A native of Orchard Park, N.Y., Smith received his masterâ??s degree in physical education and health education from Canisius.

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