By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/6/15
Team 302 co-owner and coach Keevin Galbraith has been named to the coaching staff for U.S. Junior Indoor Lacrosse (USIL) that will compete in the U-19 International Lacrosse Festival September, 11-13, 2015, in Six Nations Iroquois Arena, Ontario, Canada.
Tryouts will be held in several major lacrosse areas in the next few months, and it’s expected that Philly will host one of the tryouts.
Galbraith is a native of Paoli who starred at Malvern Prep (1997 grad) and later earned 1st Team All-Conference in 2001 at Delaware before playing professional lacrosse for eight seasons, including many for the Philadelphia Wings and the New York Titans in the NLL. He also played for the World Champion Philadelphia Barrage in 2006. Galbraith co-founded Team 302 with Jay Motta in 2007 and has been an assistant coach at St. Mark’s (DE) for three years.
Galbraith became involved in Team USA indoor in 2007 when he was one of the top scorers for the US Indoor National Team in Halifax, Canada. In 2011, he helped coach the Team USA Indoor Team to a Bronze Medal in Prague, CZ. Galbraith, who was encouraged to coach for the USIL by President Graham D’Alvia, will serve under Head Coach Randy Fraser.
“It started in 2007 when I played for the US Indoor team and afterwards Graham asked me to help help coach a developmental team in 2011 with Tom Ryan,” Galbraith said. “Graham, Randy and I all believe in a lot of the same things; to spread the game of lacrosse.
“The indoor game is not yet the priority in this country, but it’s such a great game and it’s so much fun trying to spread that. Being involved in the first U19 team is a great fit and to represent my country and help to pioneer this young generation age group will be a great experience.
“I have played outdoors and indoors lacrosse and after playing indoors it’s hard to go back because it was so much fun. I want to see more players feel how much fun it can be.”
Galbraith spoke about the benefits of the indoor game for players trying to improve their field game and also for players who are trying to simply learn the game.
“There are so many positives in the skills you learn indoors,” he said. “There are so many skills you can’t gain unless you play indoors because the game is so quick and you have to constantly stay focused on just catching a pass because of the small space.
“Once you go back to the outdoor game you see your skills and thought process have improved and you play much faster. It’s just another great experience to continue to grow in the lacrosse world and it’s great for all high school and college programs to have players that have developed skills indoors.”
USIL has announced details of the 2015 Junior Team USA, USIL is now accepting applications from players throughout the USA to play on the U19 Team. To be eligible the Players must be 19 or under by September 15, 2015 and apply for tryouts by January 15, 2015. USIL will hold tryouts during Late January thru April, 2015, in multiple locations throughout the USA; the locations will be determined by the applicants received and their locations.
The USA Junior Indoor Team will compete in an Exhibition and Training schedule in the United States and Canada this Summer (2015) which will culminate with the World Junior Indoor Championships at Six Nations Iroquois Arena in Ontario, Canada on September 11-13, 2015.
“US Indoor Lacrosse is honored to manage the U.S. Junior National Indoor Lacrosse Team as they prepare for the 2015 U-19 international lacrosse festival,” said D’Alvia. “As we begin the process of creating a team of elite athletes to compete indoors at the world level, we are mindful of our philosophy and mission, a sincere commitment to contribute to the growth and development of the sport of lacrosse, while providing guidance, direction, and stability to its players through strong, proactive, and ethical leadership.”
Also named to the staff from Philly:
Michael Fox – Head Equipment Manager: Mike Fox served the US men’s indoor teamsfor the 2 previous World Games in both Halifax in 2007 and Prague in 2011. He was also selected to serve on the US men’s program for the 2015 games. A veteran of 35 years, he had been with the Philadelphia Wings for the past 10 seasons as their equipment manger. With field he had previously worked in the MLL with the Philadelphia Barrage from 2004-2008 as well as the Philadelphia Summer Showcase, the precursor to the league beginnings then with the Boston Cannons for the past 3 years.
For 13 years he helped run the successful youth program, Ashbee lacrosse in the Philadelphia suburbs and he has run numerous sports safety clinics addressing audiences of youth through college professionals. He has also been an instructor at the Athletic Equipment Managers Association convention, and with the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, certifying youth coaches in several sports. His experience on staff in football with the Philadelphia Bell, WFL; The Philadelphia Stars and Pittsburgh Maulers, USFL; the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL; and the Philadelphia Soul, AFL and 30 years with Temple University Football helped him land the position of Head Equipment Manager for 3 sports movies; Invincible, We Are Marshall and The Game Plan. He also helped out with Crooked Arrow, a film which his son was the Equipment Manager. He was also chosen to be an adult staff member for the USA Luge Development team in 2000.
Chris Fox Equipment Mgr Assistant, former Head Equipment Manager for the Reading Rockets and the Philadelphia Barrage.
Other coaches named to the staff:
Todd Francis has over 30 years of Lacrosse experience. His playing career highlighted by all-American honors at Cornell University, and 8 years with the Boston Blazers. Owns and operates The Lacrosse Institute, other coaching experience at Newburyport High School (MA) and the 2007 USA World Indoor Team which competed in Halifax, Canada.
Jeff Goldberg brings with him 32 years of passionate coaching experience from Elite Club Level, High School, College and International Teams. Played college lacrosse at NC State and played on Team USA Indoor Lacrosse in ’85 and ’86, professional Indoor Lacrosse League for 5 years, MVP of the 1988 World Championship game. his coaching career at the collegiate level as Head Coach at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, Michigan State University, U-19 World Team for Japan. A decorated career as the Head Coach at St. Andrews School, winning 14 state Coach Goldberg most recently joined Israel’s National Team as the offensive coordinator in the 2014 World Games in Denver, CO.
Anthony Kelly was a 4 year standout at Ohio State, leading the team in GB’s every year. He just completed his 15th season in the MLL, winning his first Championship and he continues to be the all-time league leader in face off Wins. He was a member of Team USA for the 2007 Indoor World Championship and played a season with the NALL Kentucky Stickhorses. Currently he is the owner/operator/coach of the Resolute Athletic Complex / Resolute lacrosse, with past coaching experience at Denison U, Harvard, Ohio State.
Andrew Kirkaldy is originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. His playing career includes, the Calgary Jr A Raiders, Gordon College, Nanaimo Timberman and NALL Boston Rockhoppers. Coach Kirks currently is coaching with 3d lacrosse in CT, He also coached at Gordon College, Haverhill High School, and Fairfield Prep.
Ryan Danehy has played at the highest levels of lacrosse, a standout at Dartmouth, and runs with the Boston Cannons, Chicago Machine, and Vermont Voyagers. Coaching experience includes, Offensive Coordinator of the University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Team and currently coaching with 3d Lacrosse. Ryan also was assistant offensive coordinator, goalie coordinator and assistant defensive coordinator while at Dartmouth.
Justin Otto played at Chaminade HS, and is the All-time leading scorer at Manhattan College. He is currently the owner/director of Top Side Lacrosse, and head varsity coach at Westlake HS, past experience includes Manhattan College, Riverdale Country Day, Bronxville HS and Stepinac HS. Justin has 20+ years of lacrosse knowledge and has played on the U.S Developmental Box Lacrosse Team. Justin played professionally for the NALL Boston Rockhoppers, Rhode Island Kingfish and PLL Reading Rockets.
Frank Menschner is co-founder, president, and player for the Philadelphia Box Lacrosse Association and league which will be celebrating their 28 year, 1987 – present. Frank was an assistant coach with the US Indoor Developmental Team 2007-2009. Presently on the Advisory board of Goal Guardians International and South Jersey Boys Box Lacrosse League and does work various goaltending clinics.
Joe Evans is the current GM and Owner of the Vermont Voyageurs, Evans is a box lacrosse goaltender, participating in two of the past three Bowhunter cups with Team USA and played in both seasons of the North American Lacrosse League. Evans is also the starting Goaltender for the Vermont Voyageurs playing at the Senior B level in Canada. Currently Joe runs box lacrosse clinics throughout the New England area and is in training to become a CLA certified coach. Evans played collegially at Dean College and Salisbury University.