With a brand new professional box lacrosse league entering the scene in 2022. We thought it would be helpful to gather everything we know about the Professional Box Lacrosse Association (PBLA) and put it one place.
This page will be updated weekly as we learn more and more about the Professional Box Lacrosse Association.
As stated on the PBLA website “Our game will be faster, more physical, and provide non-stop crowd-pleasing action that will surely take the professional lacrosse game to the next level.”. That’s a bold statement by the league but keep reading and you’ll see how they plan on following through.
- Commissioner, Steven Donner
- 12 years as the president/CEO of the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League (NLL)
- 9 years as the director of marketing for the Buffalo Sabres
- CEO, Carmen Kesner
- 15 years of experience working with professional and college sports organizations.
- COO, Brian Mankameyer
- 15 years of business development and corporate leadership experience, as well as a strong background in interpreting professional sports analytics
- President of Business Ops, John Livesy Jr
- 20 years of experience from professional sports teams including the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and the Buffalo Bills (NFL)
- former commissioner of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).
- Chief Player Performance Officer, Russ Buller
- Former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Diego Padres
- Former Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance and Nutrition at Tulane University
What Makes the PBLA Different
- Smaller Goalie Pads, slightly smaller goal (4×4’9 is now 4×4’6)
- Dallas Eliuk will run a goalie training camp to catch the goalies up on technique/style
- Ability to choose between a penalty served or a penalty shot.
- 2 minute penalty or: 1 penalty shot
- 5 minute penalty or: 1 penalty shot and 2 minutes time served
- Substitutions through the offensive end of the bench
- Encourages 2-way players, penalizes teams that sub during transition
Rosters are primarily American players, giving them the opportunity to showcase their athleticism despite not having years of technical box lacrosse training.
The PBLA teams will look to make game day feel a little different by featuring block parties and unique fan experience opportunities before, during, and after the game.
The PBLA Teams
Location: Binghamton, New York
Coach: Neal Powless
- Netherlands National Box Lacrosse Team, Head Coach 2017-Present
- As a producer of the movie Crooked Arrows, I am still called in to present and share about the roots of the game.
- Played in the NLL for 7 years
- Member of 3 Hall of Fames, a 3X All-American and 2002 All-World Attackman.
Location: Charlotte, NC
Coach: Jon Lantzy
- Coached in the 2005 NCAA Title Game for Duke University
- Current Coach of Durham Academy High School
- Former Player for Detroit Turbos and Buffalo Bandits
- Former NCAA Player at Michigan State University
Location: Elmira, New York
Coach: Brian Hobart
- Head Coach Penn Yan Academy – 20 seasons
- NLL experience with Rochester Knighthawks, Philadelphia Wings, New York Riptide, Halifax Thunderbirds
- MLL Coaching Experience – Hamiliton Nationals, Rochester Rattlers, Connecticut Hammerheads
- USA Lacrosse Assistant General Manager 2019 FIL World Games
Location: Hampton Roads, Va
Coach: Jim Milligan
- Coached for 14 years in the National lacrosse league (Edmonton Rush, Chicago Shamroxs, Toronto Rock, Philadelphia Wings, New England Blackwolves, Vancouver Stealth)
- Coached for 14 years in Major Series Lacrosse for Peterborough Lakers and Cobourg Kodiaks.
- Coached Team Ontario to 3 gold medals in the Canadian Championships
- As a player won 3 Junior Canadian Championships, Minto Cup, playing for Peterborough Maulers
Jim Thorpe All-Americans
Location: Jim Thorpe, PA
Coach: Randy Chrysler
- 2002-Buffalo Bandits defense coach
- 2004-06- Six Nations Arrows Express Jr.A Coach, 3x Minto Cup finalists
- 2012-Buffalo Bandits scouting staff
- 2009-18- Niagara Thunderhawks Jr.B
- 2021- IBLA Morristown Rally (N.J State champion)
- 2022- Owner/H.C Tuscarora Jr.B Tomahawks
New England Chowderheads
Location: New England
Coach: Martin Bowes
- Lacrosse Coaching Business (2015-Present)
- Assistant Coach Saint Michaels College Mens Lacrosse (2020-22)
- High School Head Coach at Quincy High School (2013-15)
- MLL Player for Boston, Atlanta, Florida (2013-2018)
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Coach: Luke Wiles
- 3x NLL All-Star with 450 career points
- Coaches box lacrosse across the country for:
- Pro Star Lacrosse Camps
- New Jersey Northmen
- Wiles Ways
Location: Salem, VA
Coach: Lindsay Sanderson
- Former GM and Head Coach of the Philadelphia Wings (NLL)
- Member of Ontario and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame
- GM of the Orangeville Jr B team
Location: Syracuse, New York
Coach: Ron Cogan
- Head Coach, Onondaga RedHawks, Rochester Armory – UCBLL – 2021, Salt City Eels – 2021
- IIJL Offensive Coach World Champion U16 Haudenosaunee Dehontsigwaehs – 2022
- Head Coach – FNLA Pee Wee National Team – Canadian National Championships 2018
- Has coached in the community of the Onondaga Nation where he grew up for over 15 years.
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