Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/20/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
The Philadelphia Wings today named former standout and current Downingtown East boys’ coach Tom Slate as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Slate, a graduate of Springfield-Delco, played seven years for the Wings from 1997-2003 and was once named the National Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year while helping the team win two championships, in 1998 and 2001.
Slate, a graduate of West Chester who starred at Essex Community College (Md.), will serve under newly hire head coach John Tucker.
“I personally feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful coach like Tom joining our staff.” Said Tucker, “He embodies everything the Wings organization stands for; incredible knowledge – trustworthiness – and hard work.
“A true role model as husband and father, he serves our team well. Tom is a critical hire for this organization. He is a defensive minded coach who instills passion and purpose to that side of the floor. I couldn’t be happier.”
Slate led Springfield-Delco to the state championship in 1992 and then became the first person to win a PA state crown as both a player and a coach when he guided Downingtown East to the crown in 2007. In addition, he has served as head coach of the San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse and currently is the associate head coach of the Denver Outlaws.
Slate also played for the Baltimore Bay Hawks Professional Outdoor Lacrosse Team, and represented Team USA in the Heritage Cup at the World Indoor Lacrosse competition.
Slate also is owner of Lacrosse Evolution, which has two training sites, in Downingtown and King of Prussia.