German Named Assistant Coach for Team Thailand
Dec. 19, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - Villanova University men's lacrosse assistant coach Andy German has been named the assistant coach of the Thailand National Team it was announced last week. Entering his fourth year with the Wildcats, German also serves as the defensive coordinator for Villanova. German will assist Team Thailand in the 2014 FIL World Games set to take place next summer in Denver, Colo. while University of Denver assistant coach Dylan Sheridan will serve as the team's head coach.
During his three years on the Main Line, German has played a significant role in Villanova's offensive and defensive development while consistently playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. In 2013, German helped solidify the Wildcats place amongst the nation's elite after earning the BIG EAST Regular Season Title and securing the No. 1 overall seed for the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament. Villanova advanced to the BIG EAST Championship contest before falling to the eventual NCAA runner-up Syracuse, 13-9, in Villanova, Pa. which ended the Wildcats hopes for an NCAA postseason berth.
German has also helped several players earn regional and national distinction under his direction. John LoCascio (2013 USILA Third Team All-American, 2013 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, 2013 First Team All-BIG EAST, 2012 Second Team All-BIG EAST), Jack Rice (2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2013 Second Team All-BIG EAST, 2012 First Team All-BIG EAST, 2011 First Team All-BIG EAST), Thomas Croonquist (2013 First Team All-BIG EAST, 2012 Second Team All-BIG EAST), Chris Conroy (2013 First Team All-BIG EAST), John Kluh (2013 First Team All-BIG EAST), Max Hart (2013 Second Team All-BIG EAST), Kevin Cunningham (2012 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2012 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, 2012 First Team All-BIG EAST, 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, 2011 First Team All-BIG EAST), Matt Bell (2012 First Team All-BIG EAST) and Michael Vigilante (2012 Second Team All-BIG EAST) have all earned national recognition under German's tutelage.
Team Thailand 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.
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/landing/index
ABOUT THE THAILAND NATIONAL TEAM
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.