3d Lacrosse CLO Regy Thorpe Coaches US Indoor Team to Bronze Medal Finish at 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships
LANGLEY, B.C.—Regy Thorpe, 3d Lacrosse’s Chief Lacrosse Officer, led the U.S. Men’s Indoor Team to its fifth consecutive Bronze Medal finish as the squad’s head coach this past weekend at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
The U.S. team, after wrapping up pool play at 2-2, defeated England 11-8 to secure the third-place finish after falling to the Iroquois Nationals, the eventual Silver Medal winner, in a close 9-7 battle in the semifinal round.
“We think this was the best team we’ve put on the floor at the WILC since its inception and our close games with the Iroquois certainly indicate that,” said Thorpe, who was named the team’s head coach in January 2017 and has since been building a team that would have the right makeup and the best chance to help the U.S. improve on the results of the four past World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
The U.S. team has finished third at each WILC since it kicked off in 2003 as a quadrennial event.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get over the hump, but we’re certainly proud of the guys for how hard they competed and the level of skill and toughness they displayed against what are more experienced Canadian and Iroquois teams. We know we have a way to go before we can compete for the gold, but this was absolutely progress toward that for our collective player pool and for this staff of coaches. We’re proud to represent the U.S. and compete in such an exciting environment that really showcases the best lacrosse players in the world.”
The U.S. team included some of the very best American players in the NLL, Major League Lacrosse and the Premiere Lacrosse League, including several who made their way to British Columbia immediately following winning the PLL championship in Philadelphia.
A 15-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League, every season played with the Rochester Knighthawks, Thorpe assembled a staff including Chris Schiller, an NLL and MLL veteran and former U.S. Men’s Indoor Team assistant coach and player; Peter Milliman, the head coach at Cornell University; Brian Hobart, head scout for the New York Riptide and the head coach at Penn Yan High School, and Joe Smith, a NLL and MLL veteran and current assistant coach for the Riptide.
Joining Thorpe and the U.S. team on the journey to Langley was another 3d Lacrosse staff member: Logan Bobzien, 3d’s Director of Training and Methodology, was on the staff and provided video analysis and in-game breakdown throughout the tournament.
“This was really a special opportunity for me as a coach who loves analyzing and learning the game,” said Bobzien.
“To be able to help the U.S. team was an honor, but it was also an incredible window into the highest levels of coaching and lacrosse that exist. Working with the very best American indoor players, competing against the Canadian and Iroquois teams, was a chance to try to put to use many of the things we’ve been doing with coaching and breaking down what transpires in the box. I’m excited to put this experience to use in all that we do with the 3d Methodology.”
Thorpe, who is the head coach of the NLL’s New York Riptide, needed to wear multiple hats while in British Columbia. On Sept. 17, the night of the NLL Entry Draft, Thorpe communicated with his staff in New York and managed the team’s picks from an indoor practice facility in Langley. The team had the first overall selection, and the Riptide chose Robert Morris University alum Tyson Gibson.
Thorpe, in between orchestrating and overseeing U.S. Indoor Team practices, fielded questions from the media on hand about the NLL draft, squeezed in a bite to eat and was back to work with his staff preparing for the WILC.
“It was pretty amazing to see how many things Regy is doing right now in the world of lacrosse,” Bobzien said.
“He’s a great leader for 3d, and it’s demonstrated by how poised he is as a person and coach, whether it’s with the U.S. team in Langley, with the New York Riptide or with any of the girls or women’s teams he’s coached in recent years. I’m grateful to work with him and to learn from him in different and new lacrosse settings.”
The WILC Bronze Medal is another keepsake on the shelf for Thorpe, who was an All-American defender at Syracuse University, has won the NLL Champion’s Cup and has coached the Six Nations Arrows to Minto Cup victories, among many other accomplishments as a player and coach.
“We are proud to have Regy representing the 3d Family in so many realms of this sport, and especially at the world level,” said 3d Lacrosse Greg Waldbaum.
“Regy continues to add to an incredible coaching resume and his knowledge of the game and his ability to help educate our coaches and share his insight is invaluable to what 3d Lacrosse is doing to teach and develop lacrosse across the continent.”
For the full results of the WILC, visit the tournament site at wilc2019.ca. To learn more about Thorpe, Bobzien and other 3d Lacrosse staff members around the country, visit our About page at 3dlacrosse.com/staff.
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