Ed Comeau Named Canada’s Head Coach

NEWS RELEASE from Canadian Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team

ED COMEAU NAMED CANADA’S HEAD COACH

Ed Comeau will be Canada’s head coach and Derek Keenan and Paul Day will be the primary assistant coaches for the world indoor lacrosse tournament in Prague next May.

Glenn Clark is the goaltending coach and Jim Milligan is video coach.

“These are talented and experienced coaches to rely on in our quest for a third consecutive world championship,’’ general manager Johnny Mouradian said in making the announcement Friday.

Comeau was an assistant coach when Canada won the previous two world indoor titles.

“I am honoured to be selected as head coach,’’ says the 45-year-old Hamilton resident. “I look forward to working with the rest of the coaches, the management team and the Canadian Lacrosse Association as we assemble the team that will represent Canada in Prague.

“Team Canada has had great success at past world championships. We understand the challenges we face from the other competing nations and we’ll work hard to once again bring the gold medal back to Canada.’’

Comeau also was on the coaching staff of Canada’s world-champion 2006 field team and has coached in the pro indoor National Lacrosse League for the last 13 years, earning honours as GM and coach of the year along the way.

He was an assistant Toronto Rock coach on four NLL championship squads, was head coach of the Rochester Knighthawks when they won the NLL title in 2007, was GM-head coach of the NLL’s Orlando Titans until that team ceased operations last summer and he has signed on as an assistant coach with the Colorado Mammoth for the 2011 season. He also coaches the McMaster University field lacrosse team, which is in the national finals in Toronto this weekend.

Keenan, a resident of Oshawa who is currently GM-head coach of the NLL’s Edmonton Rush, also has won all the major NLL managing and coaching awards, and he worked alongside Comeau with the Rock before taking control of NLL teams in Anaheim, Calif., Portland, Ore., and now Edmonton.

Day, who is from Peterborough and who currently is an assistant coach with Rochester, was head coach of the Knighthawks when they won the NLL title in 1997. Comeau was one of his assistants that year and the two also joined forces in Orlando last season. Day also is a former GM-head coach of the Rush.

“The coaching familiarity we have with one another will be a huge asset on the Team Canada staff,’’ says Comeau. “We know each other well and that’ll help us with this team.’’

Clark of Stouffville, Ont., is a former defenceman and head coach of the Toronto Rock.

Milligan has been an assistant coach with several NLL teams and with the Canadian senior champions, the Peterborough Lakers.

Comeau has an all-star staff to co-ordinate.

“Ed is going to be leading a coaching staff that already has a strong chemistry and that’s a big advantage for Team Canada,’’ says executive director Dean French.

Comeau’s previous involvements with national teams and Mouradian’s return in the same GM’s role the native of St. Catharines had with Canada’s silver-medal field team earlier this year bodes well for the 2011 project, adds French.

“The national program really benefits from the leadership continuity that Mouradian brings us at GM and that Comeau brings as our head coach,’’ says French.

More than 75 players are bidding for roster spots and they’ll be scouted during the NLL season that begins in January. After selections are announced in the spring, a camp will be held in Prague prior to the start of the world tournament.

Neil Stevens

Team Canada media contact at loose47@live.com

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