Steve Lydon has appointed two additional staff members to join his team in preparation for the 2020 European Championships and for the 2022 World Championship.
Mike Bartlett will join the coaching staff as the Offensive Coordinator. Mike is one of the best and most accomplished coaches in the UK. He has been coaching at the international level as Head Coach of the Spanish National Lacrosse Team, a position which he will continue to hold throughout the European Championships.
He has also coached domestically with the England Lacrosse Academy as part of the U15 and U17 Talent Pathways program, as well as the Cheshire County Team. He is currently coaching at Poynton Lacrosse Club, which he has lead to his team 4 consecutive Flag Championships as Head Coach, and has turned Poynton into one of the premier club team in the country. During the 2017-2018 season Coach Bartlett lead Poynton to both the NEMLA Premiership Title and the European Club Championship
Coach Lydon on Mike Bartlett, "Mike has made an amazing positive impact on every team he has been involved with, he passion and knowledge of the game are unrivaled in the UK, and he is the perfect selection as OC for the Men's National Squad. His passion for the game across Europe is evident from his growth of the game in Spain as the Head Coach, and we are fortunate to have him assisting with our efforts here in England"
In addition Antony Thorton has been appointed as Team Manager for the Men's National Team. Antony has been the Chair of the Reading Lacrosse Club and has worked as an Event Coordinator for SEMLA. Antony brings a wealth of experience as an administrator and in the development of Lacrosse across the UK. As Team Manager Antony will be serve as point person and coordinator for all team events.
Coach Lydon on Antony, "Antony has impressed since our first conversation, and with his experience at both Reading and with SEMLA, he has shown that he is ready to make the jump to the international level. His passion for the game of lacrosse and for his country is apparent in his effort and commitment to the team. He is a welcome addition To our staff."
Both of these gentleman bring a wealth of experience to the team and will help to lead England Lacrosse in the the future. We look forward to the positive impact they will look to make for the Men's National Team