Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/18/11
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
The Denver Outlaws announced today that Philadelphia’s Tom Slate has been elevated to the position of head coach of the Major League Lacrosse team.
Slate, who was hired as the team’s Associated Head Coach last year, will replace Brian Reese. Reese will reduce his role solely to general manager.
Slate brings 13 years of coaching experience to the helm, including head coach experience most recently with the San Francisco Dragons in 2008. He also served as assistant coach with the Philadelphia Barrage during their championship runs in 2006 and 2007. Slate just completed his first season on the sidelines with the Outlaws, and thanks to his guidance the team was able to carry the third-best defense in the league (allowing just 148 goals).
Last summer Slate was also named Defensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League.
Slate is also known for coaching Downingtown East to the Pennsylvania state championship in 2007. He coached at Downingtown East from its inception as a program in 2004-2010, amassing a career record of 98-47, including six straight Ches-Mont League championships.
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.).
As a player, Slate also 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. Slate also played for the Baltimore Bayhawks 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.
“I’m excited to take the next step with the Denver Outlaws and accept the position of Head Coach,” said Slate. “The bar has been set pretty high in Denver. It’s great to be part of a professional organization like the Outlaws and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help lead this team.Reese steps down with a 32-17 (.653) record over three and a half seasons with the Outlaws. He led the team to four consecutive playoff berths and two championship game appearances. In 2009 Reese was also named MLL Coach of the Year.
Said Reese: “At this time, I think it’s most beneficial to the organization to split the Head Coaching and General Manager duties. This will allow me to take a step back and concentrate more on other duties besides the on-field coaching.”
“Tom will do an excellent job as Head Coach,” added Reese. “We share many of the same philosophies and work well together. Our goal, like every year, is to win a MLL championship. This structure will help get us there.”