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Current, former and future NLL players highlight Team USBOXLA coaching staff

By USBOXLA Staff, 05/18/18, 1:00PM PDT


10-year NLL player Ben Prepchuk will coach Team USBOXLA for the third straight season (Photo: Jeremy Garcia)

The US Box Lacrosse Association is proud to announce the 2018 Team USBOXLA Trevor Wingrove Memorial Tournament coaching staff. 

The group will be made up of current, former and future National Lacrosse League players that have excelled as both players and coaches in box and field lacrosse. 

This will be the third consecutive year that USBOXLA has sent peewee, bantam and midget teams to compete at the Wingrove Memorial – a youth box lacrosse event that includes clubs predominately from Western Canada. Team USBOXLA was the first and still only American-based program to play at this prestigious tournament. 

This year’s Team USBOXLA coaches include: Elliot Bender, Aime Caines, Roy Colsey, Tyler Pace, Ben Prepchuk, Ryland Rees, Shaydon Santos and Kyle Sorensen

Update: Due to a schedule conflict, Colsey will not be attending the Trevor Wingrove Memorial. He has been replaced by former Brown University standout, Minto & Mann Cup finalist, and NLL vet (New York Saints), Oliver Marti.

“I think this is a really outstanding group that we’ve been able to put together for this year’s Wingrove,” said USBOXLA President Shaydon Santos, who for the third straight season, will be coaching at the event as well. “I think former NLL players like Aime, Roy, Ben and Kyle have done an outstanding job giving back to this game through youth coaching since their successful playing careers ended. 

“And then someone like Elliot Bender has been extremely important to the box growth we’ve had in California. He’s an outstanding coach that has been involved with USBOXLA since the start.”

The staff also includes Team USBOXLA first timers in Tyler Pace, who currently suits up for the NLL’s Calgary Roughencks, and Ryland Rees, who recently finished his Junior year with the Stony Brook Seawolves, earning both America East First Team All-Conference and America East All-Championship Team honors. Rees grew up playing box lacrosse in British Columbia and currently plays for the BCJALL's Port Coquitlam Saints

“I think we’re offering this year’s Team USBOXLA players a really unique and dynamic coaching staff that will help them grow, learn and become better box lacrosse players,” added Santos. “Every year we want to provide these elite American players with the best box coaches we can. I think we’ve accomplished that with this year’s staff, again.”

Click here to see the players that will represent Team USBOXLA at this year’s Wingrove, which takes place next month in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Schedules for each team will be posted on in coming weeks.