ST. LOUIS -- After a four year run leading the Billikens back to prominence, Jimmy Greene opted to step down as head coach to focus on his daughter's blossoming lacrosse career. What Greene accomplished in just four years is nothing short of amazing, taking the Bills from an also-ran to a contender in the GRLC, highlighted by last year's one-goal heartbreaker to Lindenwood-Belleville in the GRLC playoffs.
Looking to build on what Greene accomplished is TJ Allman. Allman takes over as head coach for the team he once led as the goalie from 2009-12. Allman, part of the Mike Sennett coaching tree (well known in Missouri), also spent the past three seasons as an assistant for the Bills. His experience and knowledge of the team meant he was the right fit for the job. Allman inherits a strong mix of youth and experience that he hopes can lead the team to success in 2016.
"After playing at SLU for four years, becoming the head coach is a real honor," Allman said. "The progress that the team has made since I entered has been astounding. It is my responsibility now to keep this program moving forward."
"Coach Allman has been a part of this program for the past three seasons, and he has played a part in rejuvenating the atmosphere, dedication and all-around level of SLU lacrosse," added team president Grant Kirkpatrick. "We expect a continuation of this success as he takes a bigger step in leading this team."
Also returning to the team is Tom Schmidt, the former head coach at Washington (St. Louis) University, who led the Bears to the 2012 MCLA National Tournament powered by Under Armour. Schmidt, in his second season at SLU, will continue as offensive coordinator for the Billikens while working around his full time job and student status at SLU.
Assistant coach Brandon Knox comes back to SLU after a stellar four-year playing career, where he notched 53 points. Knox will also assist on the offensive end for the Bills, bringing his knowledge to the program. The Ohio native also spent the summer playing for Team USA in the Down Under Cup in Australia as part of the USA Athletes International Program. Knox also works full time for the NHL's St. Louis Blues.
Scott Underwood continues to provide athletic training services for the Billikens. Underwood's specialization in ART Therapy has helped significantly reduce missed field time due to injury over the past four seasons. Lilly Mehdirad, a sophomore at SLU, returns as the team manager for the 2016 season.