Iroquois Nationals announce spring roster

ONONDAGA NATION – The Iroquois Nationals are proud to post a spring roster of players that will make up its 2014 Iroquois Nationals field lacrosse team. The finalized version of the team roster is to be announced in June, as the Iroquois Nationals prepare for competition at the 2014 Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado.

The announcement was released from the Iroquois Nationals headquarters at T’shaHonnonyadakhwa Arena, Onondaga Nation, and the home of the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.

The Iroquois Nationals roster is comprised of stand-out athletes with experience in both the professional lacrosse leagues, as well as the collegiate game. There are a number of professional All-Stars along with college All-Americans vying for positions with hopes of representing their nation in the 2014 World Field Lacrosse Championships on July 10-19th.

Additionally, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse program officially announces the team’s management and coaching staff for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships.

“We have put together a very committed and knowledgeable group of coaches focused on taking this team to the next level”, said Gewas Schindler, general manager of the 2014 Iroquois Nationals men’s field lacrosse team.

The team management falls under the direction of Schindler (Oneida Nation) along with assistant general manager Ansley Jemison (Seneca Nation) who will both oversee the planning, scheduling and general operations of the team.

The coaching staff is an experienced and veteran group led by head coach Steve Beville, associate head coach Cam Bomberry and assistant coaches Marc Van Arsdale, Mark Burnam, Jerome Thompson and Chris Doctor.

Steve Beville (Cortland State University) will serve in his first FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships as the head coach of the Nationals. Coach Beville’s initial experience in working with the Nationals came when he was an assistant coach with bronze medal-winning U19 Iroquois Nationals that competed in Turku, Finland, in 2012. Coach Beville has a tremendous amount of experience in the field game as well as the international game. He has surrounded himself with a great coaching staff and will be a great leader for the program.

Cam Bomberry (Mohawk Nation) is a familiar face within the program. As an alumnus of the Iroquois Nationals, he has played many roles as both a player and coach. Cam will serve as the 2014 Iroquois Nationals associate head coach. He began his career with the program in 1990, competing in the first official world championships for the Nationals. Cam played in four consecutive FIL Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championships, along with the 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. He also has won an NLL championship with the Rochester Knighthawks. Cam served as the Head Coach of the 2010 Iroquois Nationals world field lacrosse team.

Mark Burnam (Mohawk Nation) is a 2014 Iroquois Nationals coach with primary responsibilities working with the defense. He played for the Iroquois Nationals from 1990 to 2006 competing in five consecutive World Championships. Mark also played in the 2003 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Mark has over 30 years of coaching experience, as well as playing international and professional lacrosse for 16 years.

Jerome Thompson (Mohawk Nation) is another 2014 Iroquois Nationals Coach who is alumnus of the team, having served as both a player and coach starting with the program in Australia in 1990. Jerome has years of lacrosse experience at many levels of lacrosse and will work primarily with the face-offs and midfielders.

Mark Van Arsdale (University of Virginia associate head coach) is in his 13th year as the top assistant coach under Dom Starsia. Marc is in his eighth season as associate head coach. One of the outstanding teachers in the college game, he is heavily involved in all aspects of the program and serves as the team’s offensive coordinator. A master offensive tactician, Van Arsdale has overseen some of the most potent offenses in school history.

Chris Doctor (Mohawk Nation, Penn State) enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Penn State men’s lacrosse team during the 2013-14 academic year. Doctor was pivotal to Penn State’s 2013 success as the Lions went 12-5 with a CAA regular season crown and a NCAA tournament appearance. Doctor runs the faceoff crew for the Nittany Lions.

Jason Johnson (Mohawk Nation) serves as Assistant Coach with the Rochester KnightHawks and Hamilton Nationals and will serve as the team’s head scout.

Head Trainer: Marty Ward Sr. (Onondaga Nation) – AHL Hockey trainer for 25 years, and Onondaga Nation Redhawks trainer for the last 10 seasons.

Trainers: Allen Sonny Shenandoah (Onondaga Nation), Onondaga Nation Redhawks trainer. Tony Pineda (Tuscarora Nation). Kaweiente George (Mohawk Nation, Stanford Medical University).

Self-esteem and self-discipline are essential elements for every international team but a combination of pride in representing the originators of the game of lacrosse, and pride in representing all indigenous athletes will enable the Iroquois Nationals to meet the mental and physical preparations required of a world class team.


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