3d Lacrosse Names Regy Thorpe Chief Lacrosse Officer; Will Oversee All Coaching, Training Operations Nationwide
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s leading provider of lacrosse training and development services, has named Regy Thorpe the company’s Chief Lacrosse Officer.
A longtime presence in the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse, Thorpe will immediately begin overseeing all aspects of 3d Lacrosse’s Methodology as the head of 3d’s Master Coaching Circuit that spans a dozen markets around the nation.
“Regy Thorpe is one of the most experienced, respected and talented coaches in the game of lacrosse,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“As a player, Regy has competed at just about every level imaginable. He has a track record of success as a box and field coach, from the junior box league in Ontario, to professional men’s and women’s lacrosse and the international stage. The deep experience he has in both the field game and box lacrosse is a combination you would be hard-pressed to find on the resume of another coach across the globe.”
“And perhaps most uniquely, he has coached both men and women at the highest levels of play. Regy has a drive to teach the game the right way and help raise the level of play. We’re incredibly fortunate to bring him on board to help guide our coaches, enhance the 3d Methodology, improve our training and lead our effort to create opportunities in box lacrosse and girls lacrosse.”
Thorpe will oversee the advancement of the 3d Methodology — the company’s Box-Field Hybrid Development System — and will work to evolve 3d’s leading-edge approach to training lacrosse players for the rapid progression of skill and IQ.
An additional area of focus, Thorpe will grow 3d Lacrosse’s lineup of box lacrosse camps, tournaments and leagues and will focus on creating new opportunities to offer box lacrosse training nationwide.
“I’m looking forward to the chance to work with a group of passionate coaches and professionals who constantly challenge themselves to get better at coaching for the benefit of the players and the game,” Thorpe said.
“3d Lacrosse has set a high standard for using hybrid training to develop boys and girls players and bring out the best in every one of them. I’m looking forward to bringing my background and my experience to the table as we work to keep building the 3d Methodology and evolving our coaching practices.”
Leading 3d’s Master Coaching Circuit, Thorpe will oversee coaching certifications as well as Select player and coach assessment and evaluation. He will travel to regions throughout the country to help empower 3d coaches with resources to improve teaching and training environments and ultimately provide a better experience for players and their families.
“Bringing Regy on will help us take our coaching resources and our collective coaching knowledge to the next level,” said Logan Bobzien, 3d Lacrosse’s National Director of Methodology.
“The 3d Methodology represents countless years of cumulative coaching knowledge, shared information, best practices and a never-ending desire to keep innovating our approach to coaching this great game. Regy’s diverse background in men’s and women’s lacrosse and in box and field makes him the ideal person to oversee all aspects of our company’s coaching operations. He’ll ensure we’re doing all we can on the field to use these resources and our knowledge to maximize the benefit to boys and girls lacrosse players.”
Thorpe will help expand 3d Lacrosse’s girls-specific training and showcase opportunities, leaning on his experience as one of the most successful women’s coaches in college lacrosse.
The associate head coach of the Division I women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University, Thorpe has served on the staff alongside head coach Gary Gait since 2010. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2015. Thorpe will remain on staff at Syracuse concurrent with his new role at 3d Lacrosse.
In his time at Syracuse, he has helped the women’s team amass a record of 133 wins and 45 losses. During that span, the Orange’s strength of schedule has never been ranked below fifth in the nation. The Orange have twice appeared in the women’s national championship with Thorpe on the sideline and have reached the Final Four in six of the eight seasons he has been on the staff.
In 2017, Thorpe was named head coach of the Long Island Sound in the second season of the United Women’s Lacrosse League. This summer, he guided the Sound to an 8-0 record and the team’s second championship in as many seasons.
Earlier in 2017, US Lacrosse named Thorpe the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Indoor team that will compete at the 2019 Federation of Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championships in British Columbia.
“It goes without saying that Regy’s hire is a major boost for our 3d Select programs, for boys and girls, as well as all of our training opportunities for players around the country. This is particularly exciting for our efforts in the girls’ game,” said Matt Rowley, 3d Lacrosse’s National Club Director.
“Regy steps in with current and relevant experience in professional lacrosse, college lacrosse, international lacrosse and in both the men’s and the women’s game. But if you have spent time around the sport, you’ll know that Regy is widely respected off the field as a person and through his many friendships he is connected to lacrosse coaches and players from all walks of life. And he continues to grow his network.”
An All-American and NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year at Herkimer Community College in 1991, Thorpe went on to play at Syracuse University, where in 1992 he would help the team to a national title appearance. The following season, he captained the team to its fifth national championship and earned All-America honors.
Thorpe played for 15 seasons in the National Lacrosse League, all for the Rochester Knighthawks, including the team’s inaugural season in 1995. He was a member of Rochester’s championship teams in 1997 and ten years later in 2007, as a captain.
He eventually became the league’s first general manager/player as he simultaneously held duties on and off the floor from 2008 to 2009. Upon his retirement from the league, he was inducted to the Knighthawks Hall of Fame.
In addition to his professional indoor experience, Thorpe spent six seasons competing for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse. He served as a team captain and helped lead the team to the league semifinals in three seasons.
After his professional outdoor playing days were over, Thorpe was an assistant coach with the Rattlers for three seasons, including in 2008 when Rattlers won the Steinfeld Cup in 2008. He would go on to become head coach of the Hamilton National franchise for two seasons and led the team to the MLL finals in 2011.
“This is the perfect opportunity to share my knowledge and my love for the game in a way that I hope can impact thousands of lacrosse players,” Thorpe said.
“I’ve admired 3d Lacrosse’s approach to teaching and training and I’m eager to dive in and work with a large network of people who really care about the game and what they’re trying to teach. We have the chance to really impact the sport overall.”
Thorpe, a central New York native, previously coached the highly regarded Six Nations Arrows of the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Junior A circuit and led the team to Minto Cup victories as both an assistant and as a head coach.
Thorpe also represented the U.S. in the Heritage Cup international tournament in 2002 and 2004 and helped the American squad to the bronze in 2007 at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
Additionally, Thorpe has experience working with the Iroquois Nationals. He served as an assistant coach for the men’s field team in 1998 at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The next year he was an assistant coach on the U-19 Iroquois Nationals staff in Australia when the Iroquois won the bronze, their first ever medal at any world lacrosse championship.
More recently, Thorpe was the head coach of the Haudenosaunee girl’s U-19 national team for the World Cup in 2015. The girls did not travel to Scotland that year due to passport issues, but Thorpe coached the team to the Nike Cup championship at Syracuse University.
“Regy’s hire signifies an important time and direction for 3d Lacrosse as we grow our presence in key areas we feel are strategically important to the future of the game, and that includes traditional areas like Upstate New York,” Waldbaum said.
“We have recently expanded our operations in Rochester and Buffalo and with Regy now on board, we will now run programing in Syracuse. Clearly, our commitment to Upstate is in full gear.”
“Regy comes from a deep and dynamic lacrosse background and he represents the traditions of the game we want to honor. He also puts us in a position to make an impact in many different aspects of the game. We are thrilled and honored to have him joining the 3d Lacrosse family.”
Thorpe continues to play the game avidly, anchoring defenses each summer in Lake Placid for Syracuse alumni teams and Graph-Tex, a squad that won its third consecutive men’s 30-and-over championship this year.
He and his wife, Amy, live just west of Syracuse in Elbridge, New York. Their daughter, Ella, played lacrosse for four seasons at Syracuse University and their son, Gale, will be a sophomore attackman at Ohio State University this fall.
For more information on 3d Lacrosse’s national and regional lineup of Select training, events, camps, showcases, clinics and workshops, please visit 3dLacrosse.com.
To learn more about the 3d Methodology, visit https://3dlacrosse.com/methodology.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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