BALTIMORE -- US Lacrosse has named US Indoor Lacrosse (USIL) as the management group to coordinate all aspects and logistics of the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Lacrosse Team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in May 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.
"US Indoor Lacrosse is honored to have been chosen to manage the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Lacrosse Team as they prepare for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships," said USIL President and General Manager Graham D'Alvia. "As we begin the process of creating a team of elite athletes to compete indoors at the world level, we are mindful of the philosophy of US Lacrosse, that teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common goal, to direct individual accomplishments toward team objectives and is the fuel that allows ordinary people to attain uncommon results."
Eight nations competed in the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with Canada winning the gold medal. USIL, formed by D'Alvia, Kevin Finneran, Scott Neiss and Jacques Bagley in 2006, managed the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Lacrosse Team which went 4-2 to finish third, defeating England 17-10 in the bronze medal game.
"We are thrilled to work with US Indoor Lacrosse for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships," said US Lacrosse Director of National Teams Nathaniel Badder. "In working with the USIL, we will look to them to help us build the strongest team possible to compete at the championships. "
D'Alvia, who has served as USIL President since 2006, has spearheaded the growth of indoor lacrosse in the United States with the formation of the US Developmental Team, the USIL Combine, the first Indoor Lacrosse Referee Certification Program in the United States, as well as other programs. D'Alvia previously helped start the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs at Susquehanna University and over the last ten-plus years, has played and coached lacrosse at the highest levels in countries around the world.
Finneran, who currently serves as Director of IMG Lacrosse Academy, is widely considered one of the best professional indoor and outdoor players of his generation. The original "Iron Man" of lacrosse is the winner of eight National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championships with the Philadelphia Wings, Toronto Rock and Long Island Lizards. Finneran, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, has coached at every level from youth to professional, including serving as head coach and general manager of the MLL's Chicago Machine.
Neiss is the former Director of Operations of the NLL and also previously served as Director of Public Relations for the MLL’s Long Island Lizards. Neiss, a graduate of St. John's University, currently serves as a consultant for the NLL.
Bagley, who currently serves as head coach at UCLA, previously served as assistant general manager and assistant coach for the Chicago Machine in 2006. He has managed teams in the Philadelphia Box Lacrosse Association for several years and has coached at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia.
Additional information about the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Lacrosse Team can be found at www.usindoorlacrosse.com. General e-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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