Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/19/09
From Press Releases
Taylor Wray, a member of the Philadelphia Wings and an assistant coach at Lehigh, has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada as it prepares for next summer’s FIL World lacrosse championships in Manchester, England.
Wray, 28, an Edmonton native, will be working with familiar faces. The team’s head coach is Wings General manager/coach Dave Huntley and one is assistant is Wings assistant coach Chris Sanderson (who also remains on the roster as a goalie). Another staff member is Wings assistant Paul Stewart.
Wray played defense on Canada’s 2006 team that went to London, Ont., and beat the United States, 15-10, in the final to win the world championship for the first time since 1978. He was a recent cut for this year’s team.
Wray graduated from Duke University in Durham, N.C., in 2003 after helping the Blue Devils to three NCAA tournament appearances. He was the No. 2 overall National Lacrosse League draft pick, by the Calgary Roughnecks, in 2003 and was a major contributor in Calgary’s march to the 2004 NLL title.
Wray was rookie of the year, shared the award for defenseman of the year with Cam Woods, and was named to the all-pro first all-star team. He then was an assistant coach at Queen’s University in Charlotte, N.C., for three years and commuted to play for the Roughnecks. In the process, he earned his masters degree in teaching from Queen’s in 2006.
In September 2007, Wray was named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lehigh, reuniting with former Duke teammate Kevin Cassese who had been hired as the head coach at Lehigh.