from press release
DENVER – University of Denver men’s lacrosse assistant coach Dylan Sheridan has been named the head coach of the Thailand National Team. Entering his fourth year with the Pioneers, Sheridan started as the volunteer assistant in 2011 and was promoted to assistant coach after his first season. Sheridan also serves as the defensive coordinator.
“I'd really like to thank the Thailand Lacrosse Association, and specifically Payu Nerngchamnong for providing me with an incredible opportunity to give back to the sport of lacrosse,” Sheridan said. “In 2005, I traveled to Asia as a member of USA West. During that trip, I was enthralled by the passion and love for the game displayed by players over there, and I've been desperate for another chance to share the game with them. Thailand has been at the forefront of lacrosse development in Asia these last few years, and I couldn't be more excited to lead them into their first World Games, in my home city of Denver."
In his three seasons with the Pioneers, Sheridan has been responsible for working with the face-off group as well as managing the substitution box during games. His work with face-off corps resulted in a No. 15 national ranking with a .563 win percentage at the conclusion of the 2011 season, a significant increase from their No. 36 ranking in 2010. At the end of the 2012 season, Sheridan’s face-off group was ranked No. 5 in the nation with a .591 winning percentage.
Sheridan’s impact on the Pioneers’ face-off group resulted in Chase Carraro being named 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Specialist of the Year, six Specialist of the Week honors and a USILA Second Team All-American selection. Sheridan helped Carraro finish the 2012 season ranked No. 8 in the nation with a .604 face-off winning percentage. Despite an injury plagued face-off corps during the 2013 season, Sheridan’s efforts helped the Pioneers to a No. 23 national ranking for face-off winning percentage (.523) and a No. 14 final ranking for graduating senior Chase Carraro, who finished the 2013 season with a .578 face-off winning percentage.
The team will begin training March 9-14 in Bangkok, Thailand before taking part in the 2014 Enigma Cup Lacrosse Shootout from March 15-16 with Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.
“We are very pleased and excited for coach Sheridan for being selected by Thailand to lead their National Team in the 2014 World Games in Denver, next summer,” said Denver head coach Bill Tierney. “Dylan has previously traveled throughout the world coaching U.S. club teams in their effort to spread the game and is now coming full-circle helping bring the Thai team to the United States. The 2014 World Games will be one of the largest lacrosse events ever and to have them take place in Denver is very exciting. Coach Sheridan will give his all to make the experience wonderful for the Thailand National Team, their families and friends. His expertise in all phases of the game will make it very rewarding for his players, as they compete with other nations from around the globe. We are proud that such a great coach and person can represent the University of Denver lacrosse program in our continued effort to spread the game near and far.”
The 2014 World Games will be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., from July 9-19, 2014. For more information on the FIL World Games, visit: http://www.worldlacrosse2014.com
ABOUT THE THAILAND NATIONAL
Founded in 2010, the Thai program now has more than 100 members. They practice year-round and have played 11 games this year. They placed third in the Asia Pacific Lacrosse Games (ASPAC) in Beijing this summer. Payu Nerngchamnong, a Thai national and founding member of the team, is the president of the organization. He first learned of lacrosse while attending boarding school in Massachusetts.
For decades, the Asia Pacific region has been well-represented in the lacrosse world by Australia and Japan. Australia was the runner-up in the inaugural 1967 World Lacrosse Championship and Japan achieved their best result when they placed fourth at the 2010 games. However, multiple other Asian countries have started programs over the last few years, further increasing the exposure of the sport in the region.