Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/9/13
From Press Release
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse today announced that Philly’s Tom Slate has been named an assistant coach.
Boston head Coach John Tucker begins his second season at the helm of the Cannons. Also added to his staff was Andrew Pons, while Jim Murphy returns for his 12th season with the organization.
“When we promoted John to head coach during last season, we both made the commitment that he would lead this team beyond the 2013 season,” said Cannons General Manager Kevin Barney. “Coach Tucker has been working hard this off-season on putting together a roster that we both feel will compete for a championship and now we have added assistants who will help him put his vision into motion on the field.”
Slate brings with him an extensive lacrosse resume as both a player and coach. He is currently the President and CEO of Lacrosse Evolution in Downingtown. Slate is a former MLL head coach, leading both the Denver Outlaws and San Francisco Dragons. He also served as assistant coach of the Philadelphia Barrage where he helped the team win back to back MLL Championships in 2006-2007.
Slate coached the Downingtown East High School for seven seasons, leading them to the Pennsylvania State Championship in 2007. He took over as coach at Downingtown West last year after being away from high school coaching for several years. Slate’s job at Downingtown West will not be affected by this position.
“I am extremely excited to get back into the MLL with John Tucker and the Boston Cannons. I’m confident I can help John and the Cannons get back to where they need and want to be,” said Slate. “As a coach, in any sport the challenge of trying to put the puzzle together and get it all working together is the goal with John leading the way I’m certain we can do this.”
“As our new Defensive Coordinator, Tom Slate brings us a wealth of winning coaching experience,” said Coach Tucker. “He is a true professional, an excellent communicator who possesses an outstanding defensive mind. Tom is a hard-working, high character individual and is a tremendous addition to our franchise.”
Slate is a former player for the Baltimore Bayhawks of MLL and the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League. He was part of the Wings team that won the NLL Championship in 1998 & 2001. Slate’s successes date back to his high school playing days. He was named First Team High School AllAmerican and Captain of the 1992 Springfield High School Lacrosse State Champions that went 24-0.
“We couldn’t ask for a better resume from an assistant coach than Tom Slate,” said Barney. “Tom not only has the experience as a successful player and coach, he is also respected by players and coaches throughout the lacrosse community.”