The New York Saints have named eleven-year veteran and former team captain, Pat McCabe as the team's new Head Coach. Pat will take over for Sal LoCascio who has handed over the reigns behind the bench and will serve in new behind-the-scene capacities within the organization.
Pat will be entering his twelfth season with the New York Saints when the 2002-03 National Lacrosse League season begins this December. Pat has spent his entire professional indoor lacrosse career with the Saints after he was drafted out of Syracuse University in the 1992 Entry Draft. His play at Syracuse earned him All-American honors three consecutive years while capturing an NCAA Championship as well. Pat has become a permanent fixture on the New York defense, appearing in a franchise-high 114 games for the Saints. His leadership both on and off the field, coupled with his perennial All-Star play has made Pat McCabe one of the elite players in the game.
'It's a tremendous honor to be given such an opportunity. I've grown with this organization for the past decade and I'm thrilled to coach a team with all the talent that this club possesses,' said the Saints' new Head Coach.
'There is no question in my mind that Pat is an absolute leader both on and off the field. He has been with the organization from his first day in the League and he was a natural selection to succeed Sal as our Head Coach,' said Team Owner and General Manager Michael Gongas. 'Pat is a first-class guy and I would have no one else represent and lead our team than he.'
The Saints will look to McCabe to lead them to the post-season for the first time in five years, a feat accomplished only four times in his eleven-year tenure with the club. 'I've been in the trenches with these
guys and we've been through the same highs and lows. I know this team and they have a lot of fight in them, I have no doubt that this is a playoff caliber team,' said McCabe. 'This organization has made some great moves this off-season and I am anxious to see the talent we acquire in the draft and in other transactions. We have about three months to prepare for the season and I think Long Island has an exciting season of lacrosse to look forward to.'