Utah's First Pro Lacrosse Player: Kyle Fiat - IMLAX, Pro League and US Lacrosse Updates

Issue 37

Good afternoon lacrosse fans and thanks for spending time reading the Utah Lax Report. Here are the news and notes from the week!

Kyle Fiat, The First Pro Lacrosse Player from Utah

As the pro leagues begin this week, US Lacrosse Magazine brought back a story from the vault (Is 2005 considered a vault?). It is an article about Kyle Fiat who played at Olympus and through a series of events found himself at Towson. In my last podcast, Mason Goodhand told the story about Fiat heading to Towson and about another Utahn at Towson, Matt Mehrer. Fiat went on to play in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in the 2007 season.

IMLAX Hiring a Girls Program Coordinator

Intermountain Lacrosse is hiring a Girls Program Coordinator. Salary based on qualifications and experience; paid time off, retirement plan, medical, dental benefits, and performance-based bonuses.

Hours: Primarily Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, nights and weekends

Job Description: We are seeking a Girls Program Coordinator for Intermountain Lacrosse (IMLAX) who is proactive, detailed oriented, energetic, and highly organized. This individual will be responsible for executing the IMLAX, motto to “Grow the league, Grow the Player, and Grow the Game” with a specific focus on the girls’ game. This position reports directly to the IMLAX Director.

Job Responsibilities: With minimal supervision this person will oversee all girls’ lacrosse leagues. Communicate league details via website/email keep the IMLAX website up to date. Maintain and update content for social media outlet. Build and maintain positive working relationships with coaches, parent reps, and volunteers. Communicate effectively with players, parents, coaches and league administration. Run league meetings, build registrations and online forms. This person will act as the point of contact for the public regarding the IMLAX mission as it relates to the girls’ and women’s games. In addition, this person will be handling added special projects, such as clinics, trainings, tournaments and other projects as instructed by the Director.

Requirements: College degree or equivalent experience. A strong competence is needed in Microsoft Office and Internet functions. The ideal candidate will work well with people and build positive relationships within the greater lacrosse community. An ability to multi-task and flexibility to change priorities as needed is a must. Excellent communication, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills is required. Candidate must be self-motivated and interested in the growth of lacrosse in Utah, patience and sense of humor preferred.

How to Apply: Please email resume and three references to niki@imlaxutah.org

Pro Lacrosse Starts Saturday

The MLL begins play this Saturday at 11:00 am with the Philadelphia Barrage taking on the Chesapeake Bayhawks. At 2:00 pm, former Utah attackman Colin Burke and the New York Lizards will face the Boston Cannons. At 5:00 pm, former Corner Canyon defenseman Garrett Michaeli and the Denver Outlaws will face the Connecticut Hammerheads. All of the games on Saturday are on ESPN+. On Sunday there are two games, both on ESPN 2. 11:00 am - Chesapeake v. New York and 2:00 pm - Denver v. Philadelphia. The complete TV schedule can be found here.

The PLL will begin on July 25 with the Redwoods taking on the Whipsnakes at 2:00 pm on NBC followed by the Chaos v. Chrome at 5:30 pm on NBCSN. The Archers first game will be at 7:30 pm on Monday, July 27 on NBCSN. The PLL is also doing a bracket challenge. See the tweet below for details.

US Lacrosse Notes

US Lacrosse Magazine wrote an article about Investing In Lacrosse’s Future which is a great read. IMLAX board vice chair Bob Caldwell was quoted in the article.

“We made a decision that we were going to do everything in our power to give kids a chance at a positive lacrosse experience,” IMLAX board vice chair Bob Caldwell said. “It may not be a full season. It may not be a full high school event. It may not be a full youth event. But it would be a positive lacrosse experience.”

The article also mentioned that member dues account for 70% of the operating budget which means it’s important for us to continue to support the US Lacrosse mission. US Lacrosse is hosting a few webinars as well:

Rec, Club, and High School Lacrosse Discussion: Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00 pm

In this session, we'll discuss topics around US Lacrosse's influence on high school and club lacrosse. Panelists will include Celine Cunningham (Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator, Bates College) Michael Hungerford (Head Coach, Farmingdale High School & Shore to Shore) and Steve Stenersen (CEO, US Lacrosse). Register here.

Diversity & Inclusion Series Starts July 14th

US Lacrosse will open a four-part webinar series discussing diversity and inclusion issues on Tuesday, July 14th. The series of “How To” webinars is aimed at providing actionable steps that the lacrosse community can take to implement meaningful change. Register here.

Virtual Clinics with the U.S. Women's National Team

Members of the U.S. Women's National Team are hosting a series of virtual training opportunities. Missing lacrosse but not quite ready for full tournament play? Don't miss this chance to train with some of the best players in the world! Register here.

Thanks for reading!

— Tim Haslam