Yesterday morning the mystery was solved! We have been anticipating the announcement of the coaching roster for Team USA indoor since the announcement that US Lacrosse is going to be running the show!
Connor posed the questions about “How to Select the US Box Lacrosse Team“, now we are filling you in on the newly appointed coaching roster.
Was it going to be a complete miss? What about a publicity stunt? A push to make box more like field?
In my opinion, try NONE of the ABOVE!
This is US Lacrosse’s first time running the show for the United State’s box lacrosse team. Many have thought, first and the last time, which could be true, but it doesn’t look like USL’s lack of involvement in the box lacrosse world is going to slow down any progress that Team USA can make at the 2015 WILC!
Head Coach – Tony Resch
I am honored to be named the head coach of the 2015 U.S. indoor team,” Resch said. “There is no greater privilege than to represent your country in any capacity. I am excited to work alongside the experienced staff that we have in place. Our goal is to put together a committed, talented, hard-working team of players that will embrace the great challenge ahead of us to win an indoor world championship.
Head Coach – Philadelphia Wings – 1993-2001 – Led team to four NLL titles (1994, 95, 98, 2001). 2001 NLL Coach of the Year. 2008 NLL Hall of Fame class.
Assistant Coach – Team USA – 2010 – U.S. outdoor team in Manchester, England.
Player – Team USA, Yale – 1990 Gold medalist in Perth, AUS. 2 Time All-American at Yale
Offensive Assistant – Adam Mueller
Adam Mueller brings a solid 19 years of NLL knowledge as a player and as a coach. Mueller remians as the only NLL coach in history to take three teams to the post-season, as he did with the Philadelphia Wings, Minnesota Swarm and New York Titans. It was with the Titans that Mueller also earned earned the NLL’s Coach of the Year award in 2008.
His playing career spanned 11 years from the MILL to NLL, seeing time with the Philadelphia Wings, Baltimore Thunder, Albany Attack and Detroit Turbos.
Defensive Assistant – Chris Schiller
Chris was a former member of the U.S. indoor squad in 2011 and outdoor in 2010. When it comes to the field/box crossover, Chris brings a wealth of experience.
Schiller played 12 seasons with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks from 2001 to 2012 and with the Philadelphia Wings for 2012-13. Chris helped the Knighthawks to win the 2007 NLL Championship.
General Manager – Jimmy Butler
Lacrosse legend Jimmy Butler has extensive experience serving as the assistant general manager for the U.S. men’s outdoor teams in 2002, 2006 and 2010. In the NLL, Jimmy earned experience with the Orlando Titans while the franchise was in Florida.
Assistant GM – Tim Soudan
Tim Soudan is the current head coach of the MLL’s Rochester Rattlers, who he just led to a MLL Championship appearance. Tim also earned the 2014 MLL Coach of the Year. He has front office experience with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks and was a two-time goal medalist with the U.S. outdoor team in 1994 and 1998.
As a player, his professional career lasted 11 seasons with the Knighthawks and 3 seasons with the Rattlers.
Equipment Manager – Mike Fox
Mike Fox has over 35 years of experience in the sports industry. Mike was equipment manager for the U.S. indoor team in 2007 and 2011. He has also served as the equipment manager for the Philadelphia Wings from 2005 to 2014 and Boston Cannons from 2011 to the present.
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As the player evaluation begin this fall with several tryout and training opportunities, the organizations hopes to finalize the schedule and player selection timeline in September.
The 2015 FIL World Indoor Championship will be held Sept. 18-26 in Onondaga Nation, N.Y., and Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S. has placed third in each of the three previous world championship events, held in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Still on the fence about US Lacrosse running the national box team and what that could mean for box lacrosse here in the States? This might add some fuel to the fire:
In addition to improving continuity of player experience between indoor and outdoor teams, ownership of the U.S. indoor team will assist US Lacrosse in determining the appropriate integration of indoor skills and techniques into the organization’s field game curriculum.
Only time can tell what this will mean for American lacrosse players, so for now we have our sights set on the 2015 WILC in our own backyard!