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Professional Coach from USA gets involved in Latvian lacrosse
20.08.2012


From August 10th to 12th in Druva, Saldus District, Latvia a lacrosse camp was held open to all players in Latvia. Players from Lithuania and Russia were invited as well, although none were able to take part. The camp was run by Coach Max Silberlicht from the US; it was attended by almost thirty participants from all seven mens lacrosse clubs in Latvia (Druva Dynamite, LK Riga, Mitava LK, Valmieras puikas, Libava, RJTC, Suni/LSPA).

During eight sessions over the three day period, the attending players improved their stick skills and passing techniques, as well worked on offense and defense positioning and movement. In the end of camp Max thanked all participants for their effort and said he enjoyed his time there. „My goal was to find a way to improve the skills, in any way possible, of each player. No matter the current skill level they were playing at, I wanted each of them to be better lacrosse players at the end of camp. I also wanted to bring new ideas, concepts, and drills to Latvian lacrosse. It is my hope that each player and coach who attended will take something away from the camp and use it in the future to become better,” commented Max Silberlicht.

For the last two years Max was an Offensive Coordinator, Graduate Assistant Coach at Lynchburg College. Recently he has moved on to Bowdoin College, where he’s just been hired as Assistant Head Coach, responsible for Offense. His lacrosse career accomplishments include: All-time leading goalie in wins at Hobart College since its inclusion in Division I, All time Hobart College top two goals against averages in one season (2008, 2009), All ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) (2010). Hobart College is one of the oldest and traditionally richest collegiate lacrosse programs in the US. It began playing intercollegiate lacrosse in 1898, and it currently ranks third with 15 National Championships after John Hopkins (44) and Navy (17).

Head coach of the Latvian National team, Pauls Dzintars Kalnins, hopes for a continuing relationship with Coach Silberlicht. „We’re hoping to involve Max on long-term basis. However, it depends on the responsibilities of Max’s new job. We have already invited him to our planned try-out camp for the national squad next August, and hope that he will be able to help us at Denver in 2014 as well”.

Latvia’s National Team will travel to Warsaw to scrimmage against the Polish National Team on October 7th.  Before that, a short try-out camp will be held to select the team members traveling to Poland.

By Klavs Vasilevskis

Photos from camp

 




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