The Bay Area Professional Lacrosse Club and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E) announced today that the club has named Dave Pirog, former assistant coach for the Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League, as assistant coach (defensive coordinator). In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"I have honest excitement about joining Bay Area Professional Lacrosse and I believe that we definitely have the ability to build a championship organization," said Pirog. "I believe that we are one of the elite teams, and I will try and make this the best defensive team in the League. I look at our defensive line-up and I salivate."
The former Western Scout of the Toronto Rock (2002) and Ottawa Rebel, Pirog, 47, most recently served as assistant coach of Team Australia at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships which were held from May 15-24, 2003 in Oshawa, Mississauga, Kitchener and Hamilton, Ontario.
Before coaching with the Vancouver Ravens, Pirog's other coaching experiences include serving as an assistant coach with the Canadian Senior 'A' New Westminster Salmonbellies for six years, spending three years as co-coach of the Victoria Shamrocks and two years as a playing coach with the Brampton Excelsiors.
In addition to Pirog's coaching accomplishments are, five Mann Cup appearances, two championships including one as a coach with Victoria in 1997 and one as NLL Championship with the Toronto Rock in 2002. He also has three Canadian national team appearances, one in field lacrosse (1983), one in field and box lacrosse (1984) and one in box lacrosse (1985).
In Pirog's playing career, he has appeared in seven All Star games, received three Most Sportsmanlike awards, two Most Valuable Defenseman Awards, one Unsung Hero award, two Most Valuable Player Awards and was also awarded a "Life Membership" by the Brampton Excelsior Lacrosse Club in 1990.
For more information about Bay Area Lacrosse, check out the team Web site at www.bayarealacrosse.com or call (408) 977-4775.