Stealth struggles lead to coaching shuffle

New assistant coaches in charge of offence and defence for Vancouver

At 1-9 and dead last in the National Lacrosse League, the Vancouver Stealth have shaken up their coaching staff.

The club has replaced both the offensive and defensive coaches ahead of this Saturday’s contest.

Art Webster takes over defensive coaching duties from John Lintz while Kevin Alexander will guide the offence in place of Jim Milligan.

“Our roster is extremely talented and is stocked with champions who are much better than our record indicates. The coaching changes that we have made were done with that talent in mind and the opportunities that still exist in the second half of the season,” said Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker.

“We have the utmost respect for the work that Jim and John did and thank them for their hard work and efforts.”

This is Webster’s second stint with the Stealth. He served as an assistant coach from 2007 to 2015 and was on the staff at the height of the team’s success, when they won the Champion’s Cup in 2010 and finished runner-up in both 2011 and 2013.

He currently works as an assistant coach for the Western Lacrosse Association’s Victoria Shamrocks and has five Mann Cups on his resume, three as a coach and two as a player. He is also a member of both the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Victoria Shamrocks Hall of Fame.

Alexander was already on the Stealth coaching staff as an assistant coach. This is his eighth season with the organization.

He also has head coaching experience with the Syracuse Smash of the MILL as well as working as an assistant in the NLL with Calgary (2006 and 2007) and Portland (2008 and 2009).

As a player, Alexander won a pair of NLL championships and two more WLA titles. He also won the WLA scoring five times in his 10-year career.

Alexander is a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Victoria Shamrocks Hall of Fame.

The Stealth host the New England Black Wolves on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. Game time is 7 p.m.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIDEO: Tributes for the man known as the “Mormon Giant”

Langley champion professional wrestler passes away

More people vote in Langley advance polls

Numbers nearly double in Township, but that may not be a result of increased interest

‘Gutsy’ Langley senior turns 103 this month

Born in 1915, Mary Foote still walks each June for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

HIGHLIGHTS: Another record-breaking night for Vancouver Giants

G-Men registered a record 71 shots in a 6-2 home triumph over Swift Current Tuesday in Langley.

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Parole denied for convicted killer-rapist Paul Bernardo after 25 years in prison

Paul Bernardo plead for release on Wednesday by arguing he has done what he could to improve himself during his 25 years in prison.

Man holds newborn son for first time after devastating B.C. racetrack crash

Kayden was born the day after Jonathan was crushed by car at speedway

Smooth start to legal cannabis in B.C., Mike Farnworth says

Online and government store makes 4,000 sales by noon

Fraser Valley Throwdown returns this weekend

Abbotsford event back for third annual crossfit competition

B.C. Lions look to cement CFL playoff spot with victory over Eskimos

B.C. can cement a post-season berth in the wild West Division on Friday night with a home win over the Edmonton Eskimos

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

Government-run and privately operated sales portals went live at 12:01 a.m. local time across Canada, eliciting a wave of demand.

Most Read