SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse is pleased to announce that Regy Thorpe has been named head coach of the U.S. team that will compete in the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men’s Indoor World Championships in British Columbia, Canada. Thorpe, currently the associate women’s lacrosse coach at Syracuse University, has experience as a player, coach and general manager in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and was a captain for the U.S. team that won a bronze medal at the 2007 FIL indoor world championship.

“In making this hire, we were looking for a coach that can both be competitive in 2019 and help develop box lacrosse within US Lacrosse,” said Skip Lichtfuss, chair of the US Lacrosse Men’s National Team Subcommittee. “We think Regy has the experience, knowledge and reach to do both.”

“Everybody that knows me knows that I’m passionate about box lacrosse,” said Thorpe. “The opportunity to be a head coach for the U.S. indoor team and build a staff that shares the same vision as me — I couldn’t be more excited.”

Thorpe is a Syracuse graduate who was a captain and All-American for the 1993 national championship team and went on to a successful professional playing career. Thorpe played for the Rochester Knighthawks from 1995 to 2010, serving as team captain while helping the team win NLL championships in 1997 and 2007. He joined the Rochester Rattlers for the inaugural season of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in 2001 and played with the Rattlers through 2006, serving as a team captain.

In addition to serving as a captain for the 2007 U.S. team at the FIL World Championship, Thorpe has represented the country at the Heritage Cup and Bowhunter Cup over the years. He helped the U.S. defeat Canada to win the Heritage Cup in 2002 and beat the Iroquois Nationals to win the Bowhunter Cup in 2010.

Off the field, Thorpe has been active as a coach on multiple levels. Since 2010, he has coached with the women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse, helping the Orange to reach the NCAA semifinal round six times, including two championship game appearances. As a head coach, he led the Hamilton Nationals to the MLL championship game in 2011 and the Six Nations Arrows of the Ontario Junior A league to the Minto Cup title in 2007. As an assistant coach, he helped the Rochester Rattlers win a MLL championship (2008) and the Six Nations Arrows win the Minto Cup (2014).

Thorpe serves on the board of the US Lacrosse Upstate Chapter and the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame is one of four halls to which he has been inducted. He was also inducted into the Jordan Elbridge High School Hall of Fame, the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame.

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