Logan High’s Dodd becoming a lacrosse standout

LOGAN – After leading the state in goals and helping Logan High Lacrosse reach new heights at the state level, Brandon Dodd was named an All-American and the Utah MVP at the attack position by US Lacrosse.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior considers the All-American recognition his best accomplishment in the sport so far. It was years of practice, games, club teams, tournaments and travel that got him to this point. He started playing because his big brother played – and he wanted to be like him.

His father Wayne Dodd said Brandon had an aptitude for the sport at a young age, but said there was another advantage on top of that: an older brother willing to practice with him.

“They’d spend long hours in the backyard under the lights,” Wayne recalled.

Brandon started at the defense position, but felt he really found his lacrosse niche when he switched to attack in the sixth grade. The sport started to become a passion.

“That’s when it really started changing for me,” he said, “when I started playing the position I needed to play.”

Logan High’s head coach Clay Christoffersen has coached hundreds of players at many different levels and he believes Brandon is one of the best. It wasn’t until Brandon’s ninth grade season when Christoffersen started to really notice how good he could be; when he started to “dominate his position.” That is when his size was added to his skill.

“He’s tough to move,” Christoffersen said. “He keeps his head up and if another player makes a mistake against him he’ll make him pay by either scoring a goal or dumping it off for an assist.”

Wayne said his son can shoot just as well – and maybe harder – with his left hand, even though he is right-handed. Christoffersen added that years of playing football and basketball have helped Brandon develop transferable skills like footwork and hand-eye coordination.

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With one year of high school competition left, Brandon has some goals. He wants to repeat as an All-American and eventually play at the collegiate level, but his main goal involves his teammates. He wants to take state at the Class A level.

“We’re going to lose five key players that were seniors, but our team was really junior heavy,” he said. “I think we have a good shot.”

If the upward trajectory of Logan High’s recent years continues, a state championship could be next. During Brandon’s freshman year he led the team in scoring on its way to a Class B championship – one step below the state’s highest level. A broken thumb during his sophomore season meant Brandon was only able to play in seven games, but he was still able to secure his second All-State honorable mention in a row and help his team to its first-ever entrance in the Class A tournament. Most recently, during his junior year, he led the team to the Class A state semifinals.

Wayne credited dedicated coaches, the club teams and youth leagues with building Logan High’s current program. He said some members of the team have been playing together since middle school years, and advantage past Logan lacrosse players haven’t had. The experience has created chemistry and laid the foundation for a Logan High lacrosse program on the rise.

“They’ve had a lot of opportunities, some really good coaching and some individuals who have really put forth a lot of effort to make a lot of these boys,” Wayne said, “to give them the opportunity both financially and the coaching to get them where they’re at.”

Brandon won’t be taking the summer off. He recently tried out for and made the Southwest Team that will compete in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament at Towson University in Baltimore against some of the nation’s best high school lacrosse players. Christoffersen said those experiences, like many of the others, will help Brandon be a better leader next year on the field at Logan High.

“He brings a lot of things that he can share and help with his teammates,” he said. “He’s put himself in a position where he can educate.

“I think he’s got a bright future and we’ll see where it goes.”

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