Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/29/11
Phillylacrosse.com sources have confirmed a report posted today by Inside Lacrosse online that Lehigh University top assistant and Philadelphia Wings captain Taylor Wray has accepted the post as head coach at St. Joseph’s University.
Wray would replace Pat Cullinan, who resigned after an 0-12 season, the Hawks’ first as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Wray has been an assistant at Lehigh for four years and served as recruiting coordinator.
Wray, of Edmonton, Alberta, began his National Lacrosse League (NLL) playing career with Calgary in 2004, and helped the Roughriders win the NLL Championship. Wray (8 goals, 8 assists and 82 loose balls that year) was named both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.
In July 2007, Wray was traded to the Philadelphia Wings in a three-team blockbuster trade.
Prior to the 2008 NCAA season, Wray was named an Assistant Coach at Lehigh under Head Coach Kevin Cassese – his former teammate at Duke. Prior to this, He had served three years as Assistant Coach for Queens University of Charlotte.
From September 2006 through August of 2007, Wray worked as a lacrosse coach, academic coordinator and a strength and conditioning specialist at the National Sport Academy in Canada. A standout player during his undergrad days at Duke University, Wray served as team captain of the Blue Devils, along with Cassese, in 2003.
Wray earned the Eric Tyler Hardy Defensive Player of the Year that same season. During his time in Durham, Wray helped lead Duke to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2000-2002) and a pair of ACC Tournament Championships (2001, 2002). A four-year letterwinner, Wray was a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Following his time at Duke, Wray was drafted second overall by Calgary. Wray was selected to the NLL All-Star team in 2006 and 2007.
Wray has also achieved success on the international lacrosse circuit. In 1999, he was a member of the Under-19 Field Lacrosse World Championship silver medalists for Team Canada, while in 2006 he won the world championship in field lacrosse in the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). In 2007, Wray won the ILF Indoor Lacrosse World Championship while garnering All-World Team accolades.