The Uganda Lacrosse Foundation, a U.S based nonprofit organization managing international play, has announced an all-star coaching staff for the Lacrosse Cranes ahead of the world cup in Israel.
Claremont College’s Peter Ginnegar, who has coached at various levels of college lacrosse for 34 seasons, will be the head coach.
The assistant coaches include; John Christmas, the former Virginia All-American attack man and current De La Salle (California), Francis Donald, the former Nazareth All-American long pole and current Bishop’s School (California) and Mike Allan, a two-time MCLA championship-winning coach at UC Santa Barbara.
Ivan Cohen will coach the goalkeepers.
Uganda Lacrosee Foundation (ULF) General Manager Matt Holman confirmed in a press statement;
When it comes to coaching, Uganda will have some of the best teachers that our game has to offer.
From Coach Ginnegar all the way down our assistant coaching staff, we have a loaded group of volunteers ready to lead the Cranes to the world games.
The Uganda Lacrosse Foundation recently launched a fundraising campaign to cover the expenses of sending a team to the 2018 FIL World Championship in Netanya, Israel.
Holman, director of the MCLA National Championships, president of the Southwest Lacrosse Conference and founder of the East Meets West Lacrosse foundation, was hired by the Uganda Lacrosse Association as national team’s manager in June.
Uganda drew worldwide attention in 2014 when it sent 23 players — many of whom came from backgrounds of poverty and violence in the once war-torn country — to the FIL World Championship hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver.
The Lacrosse Cranes came away with wins over Korea and Argentina.
Four years, Uganda debuted as the first African nation to compete in a world lacrosse championship.