SPARKS, Md. – US Lacrosse today announced the assistant coaches and support staff for the 2019 U.S. men’s national indoor team.

Peter Milliman (Cornell University) and Chris Schiller, who was also an assistant for the 2015 U.S. indoor team, have been selected as assistant coaches. They will be led by Regy Thorpe (Syracuse University), who in February was named head coach of Team USA, and will guide the team in pursuit of a gold medal at the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC), Sept. 19-28, 2019, in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

“I would like to thank Skip Lichtfuss and all the men's national team subcommittee for their help and input in selecting the Team USA staff,” said Thorpe. “I would also like to thank all the people who applied for the positions.

“Decisions were very tough, but we feel strongly we have the right people in place to elevate the U.S. men's indoor program to build and compete for gold at the 2019 World Indoor Games,” Thorpe added. “This staff has been built around the core values of selflessness and a vision that each of the staff members fully embrace.”

Jimmy Butler (general manager), Brian Hobart (assistant manager) and Mike Fox (equipment manager) will also serve on the staff.

Assistant coach Peter Milliman comes to Team USA with 10 years of college coaching experience, currently serving as the associate head coach for the Cornell men’s lacrosse programs. On the world stage, he led the Russian national team to its first appearance in national history at the 2014 FIL World Championship in Denver. He has MLL playing experience as an attackman/midfielder with the Rochester Rattlers from 2005-2008, helping the team win its first MLL championship in 2008.

“Peter Milliman brings a wealth of coaching experience in the lacrosse world and will incorporate offensive systems that will help the top American field players seamlessly transfer their field talents to the box arena,” said Thorpe. “This is an area where Peter is really going to excel for us and we are super excited to have him on board. His out-of-the-box thinking will certainly help us with our long-term vision of being able to put up goals against some of the elite defenses in the world.”

Assistant coach Chris Schiller, a past member of the U.S. indoor (2007, 2011) and outdoor (2010) teams, brings a wealth of crossover experience to the staff. Schiller played 12 seasons with the NLL’s Rochester Knighthawks (2001-12) and the Philadelphia Wings (2012-13), winning the 2007 NLL title with Rochester. In the outdoor game, he played nine seasons with the Rochester Rattlers (2001-08) and Charlotte Hounds (2013), winning the MLL championship in 2008.

“Chris Schiller brings coaching experience from the last World Indoor Games and will build upon that experience,” said Thorpe. “He also has a past of playing for Team USA and his passion for the red, white, and blue is second to none. Chris will be in charge of helping us build a championship-caliber defense to compete against the best teams in the world.”

Jimmy Butler has been tabbed as general manager for the U.S. men’s national indoor team for the second time. He is currently serving as the general manager for the 2018 U.S. men’s national team and previously served in a variety of Team USA roles: general manager of the 2015 U.S. men’s national indoor team, assistant general manager of the 2010 U.S. men’s national team and equipment manager of the 2002 and 2006 U.S. men’s national teams. He has also served as general manager of the New York/Orlando Titans (2006-10) and assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Wings (2011-14).

“Butler returns for another World Games and the staff and myself couldn't be happier,” said Thorpe. “Jimmy's organization skills and experience will really help our staff as we prepare throughout the next two-plus years.”

Brian Hobart, who also has experience in both the MLL and NLL, currently serves as an assistant coach for the Rochester Rattlers and the head scout for the Rochester Knighthawks. He was also an assistant coach for the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL from 2011-2012. In 2015, he was a volunteer scout for US Lacrosse in preparation for the 2015 FIL World Indoor Championship and an assistant coach for Team USA when it competed in an exhibition game in 2012.

“Hobart brings a wealth of lacrosse experience and knowledge to our staff and it would be tough to find a more experienced person,” said Thorpe. “His expertise in pin-pointing player talent from around the country will be a huge asset to us. Also, Brian's knowledge of our opponents will really help us build a team around what we will need to have an opportunity to play for gold.”

Equipment manager Mike Fox has more than 35 years of sports industry experience, including equipment manager roles with the U.S. indoor team (2007, 2011, 2015), Philadelphia Wings (2005-2014), Philadelphia Barrage (2004-2008) and Boston Cannons (2011-present).

“Mike brings years of experience working with various teams throughout his career,” said Thorpe. “I have been a part of teams Mike has worked with and I know our players will be in great hands. Our players will be treated first class as Mike has always approached his efforts as a true professional.” 

The Team USA staff will assist Thorpe in the player selection process leading up to the final 23-man roster for the 2019 WILC event.

In the most recent FIL championship, held in September 2015 in Onondaga Nation in Syracuse, N.Y., the United States won bronze with a 15-4 win over Israel. Team USA has earned bronze in each of the four WILC events (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). The 2015 championship saw Canada win its fourth gold medal over the Iroquois.

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