The Washington Stealth will hold an invite-only tryout in advance of the opening of training camp. Photo Credit: Richard Olson
The Washington Stealth have announced the team’s coaching staff for the 2013 season, which begins on January 5. Along with Head Coach Chris Hall, the Stealth returns three members of the coaching staff with Dan Perreault taking over as the team’s offensive assistant coach.
Perreault joins the Stealth coaching staff after two seasons as a scout for the team. Perreault brings over 30 years of lacrosse experience as a player and coach to the Stealth organization, including two previous stints as an assistant coach in the National Lacrosse League, most recently with Colorado in 2009 & 2010.
“We’re lucky to have a guy with Dan’s experience and knowledge on our coaching staff,” said Hall. “He has a tremendous lacrosse mind, is a great teacher and will command the respect of our players. Adding another Hall of Fame resume to our bench really strengthens our staff and team as a whole.”
The Stealth returns a pair of assistant coaches in long-time defensive assistant coach Art Webster and goaltenders coach Dave Evans. Webster is entering his seventh season as the defensive coordinator for the team. Evans is returning for his fourth season as the Stealth’s goaltenders coach. He brings with him over 40 years of experience as a player and coach, including stints in the National Lacrosse League.
Returning along with the coaching staff is Director of Player Development Kevin Alexander for his third season with the team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991. Alexander played two seasons in the NLL, winning championships in both seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bandits.
“We have a very solid and deep coaching staff,” added Hall. “It’s a diverse set of minds on all aspects of the game. We all work extremely well together and respect each other’s knowledge and skill sets. I firmly believe we have a coaching staff that is well prepared to guide us to another run at an NLL title.”
The Stealth will begin its preparation for the 2013 season with training camp scheduled to begin in December. The 2013 regular season opens on January 5, when the Stealth plays host to the defending NLL Champion Rochester Knighthawks at the Comcast Arena at Everett.
The Stealth has also recently announced its schedule of preseason activities, as the team prepares for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season. The preseason schedule begins with a Tryout Camp on November 17 and 18 and continues with four training camp weekends in December.
On Saturday, November 17, the Stealth will be holding a pair of tryouts for players that are unsigned by NLL teams. The invite-only tryout will consist of three sessions, two on November 17 and one November 18. The November 17 tryouts will take place at Soccer First in Arlington, Wash., from 10am-12pn and again from 6:30pm-8:30pm. On November 18, the tryout session will be from 9:30am-11:30am at the Comcast Arena at Everett. All three sessions are open to the public.
“We are excited to hold our first tryout camp since moving to Washington,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “With the amount of talent available this is a perfect opportunity to take a look at a strong group of free agents along with some of our recent draft selections.”
The 2013 Stealth Training Camp will be held over four weekends in December, beginning December 1. 40 players will be doing battle for a spot on the regular season rosters, which consists of a 23-man active roster and a three-man practice roster. There will be two sessions at Soccer First in Arlington on December 1 from 9:30am-11:30am and 7pm-9pm. On December 2, the team will be back at Comcast Arena for a session from 11:30am-1:30pm. All three sessions of the weekend are open to the public.
The second weekend of training camp will be December 8 and 9 at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia. There will be two sessions on December 8 from 8am-10am and 3pm-5pm, followed by one Sunday session on December 9 from 12:15pm-2:15pm. Stealth training camp at the Langley Events Centre will be part of a full weekend of lacrosse, which includes an exhibition game between the Colorado Mammoth and Calgary Roughnecks. Stealth players and coaches will take part in a Coaches Chalk Talk and Players Clinic as well. Fans with tickets to the exhibition game will be able to attend all of the training camp sessions. For more information on the weekend’s events at the Langley Events Centre, visit www.langleyeventscentre.com.
The Stealth will be holding two more practices before the regular season rosters are due to be submitted to the National Lacrosse League. There will be a closed session on December 15 from 7:30pm-9:30pm. The following day, there will be a practice session open to 2013 Stealth Season Ticket Holders from 11am-1pm. Regular season rosters will be submitted to the NLL on December 20.
The final training camp weekend will take place on December 29 and 30 at the Comcast Arena. On December 29, the morning session from 11am-1pm will be open to the public, followed by a closed session from 6pm-8pm. On December 30, the 9:30am-11:30am session is also closed to the public.
“We are expecting to have as much talent as we’ve ever had in training camp,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “There will be players competing for roster spots at every position and it will undoubtedly make for a spirited camp. We expect to be a championship-caliber team this and every year; it all starts with hard work and focus from day one of training camp.”
The 2013 regular season begins on January 5 when the Stealth plays host to the defending NLL Champion Rochester Knighthawks at the Comcast Arena at Everett.