After nearly thirty years of coaching and playing lacrosse year round, Calgary Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall is enjoying a short rest from the game this summer. Hall has been a summertime fixture in British Columbia's Western Lacrosse Association, a league that features several NLL players and coaches during the summer months. The BC native has spent the past several summers as coach of the Victoria Shamrocks of the WLA. "I want to take a little bit of a breather from going around the calendar for as many years as I have", said Hall. Chris has a long tradition of lacrosse in his family, as his father was one of the founding members of the Shamrocks in the 1950's. Lacrosse was in the family, but it was the game of basketball that was the first love for Hall, who stands at 6'5". "The thinking is that it would be a natural transition from basketball", said Hall. Although he is not coaching he still is involved with the Victoria Shamrocks this summer in a consulting role. He is also scouting players for the upcoming NLL Entry Draft to strengthen the Roughnecks success. "This summer we are basically trying to plug a few holes that we saw last season," said Hall.
The Calgary Roughnecks turned many heads last season, taking a big step forward in their second year in the league. The Roughnecks, at 9-7, were the most improved team in the league last season after going 4-12 in their inaugural campaign. The Roughnecks also made their first appearance in the Champion's Cup Playoffs, where they lost in the opening round to the Buffalo Bandits. "We just worked very hard in the off-season and found a way to be competitive," said Hall. The Dispersal Draft acquisition of Tracey Kelusky was also a big help to the team, whose average game attendance increased by more than 3,000 fans from the year before. Calgary also succeeded in sweeping there geographical rivals, the Vancouver Ravens, last season. "As the Roughnecks get a tougher schedule and more respect its going to be more difficult for us but we will be ready," said Hall. As the sport gets more popular in the city of Calgary, the expectations for the team will rise as well. "The coaching staff and I will continue to build a successful team and proud franchise in Calgary for the players, fans and city," projected Hall.