time All-American and Indoor World Championship silver medalist
Neal Powless is the new head coach for the Dutch National Team that
is headed to Denver, replacing Michael ONeill, who was at
the helm of the team during the 2012 European Championships held
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Powless will be the first Native American lacrosse player to
coach a team outside of North America.
It is a tremendous honor for me, says Powless in
an interview. My true pride has always come from being able
to represent the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) in world
lacrosse competition, says Powless when asked about this opportunity.
It has always been our goal to spread the knowledge of the
sport and the beauty of our game. It will be an interesting collaboration
for sure, to combine Iroquois and American concepts of the game
to the Dutch Lacrosse team.
Powless was a member of the Iroquois Nationals from 1994 to
2006, playing at four World Championships, was part of the All-World
team at the 2002 World Championships in Perth, Australia (with John
Grant Jr. and Kevin Lowes) and played in the NLL for seven years,
winning a World Championship with the Rochester Knighthawks in 1997.
Q&A With Lacrosse Legend and Co-Producer of Film Crooked Arrows
Powless was first introduced to the Dutch National Team in 2012
while attending the Federation of International Lacrosse conference
held during the European Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
and was later approached by Dutch national team assistant coach
Ryan Demorest to become head coach. I was very excited about
the opportunity to spread the game of lacrosse and share some of
the expertise that I have learned from playing field lacrosse in
the US as well as growing up on the Onondaga Reservation and learning
the true origins and roots of the game and respect that goes with
The Creators Game, says Powless.
My first goal is always to win. Having seen what the guys
were able to achieve in 2012, I would like to see the team do very
well in pool play and advance to the play-in rounds, says
Powless about his expectations for the 2014 World Championships.
I have been very impressed at every interaction I have had
with Dutch players, with their level of athletic ability and dedication
to developing their game. I am optimistic that we will surprise
a few people.
The 2014 World Games will be played at Dicks Sporting
Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, from July 9-19, 2014. For
more information on the FIL World Games, visit: WorldLacrosse2014.com.
About The Dutch National Team
With its league founded in 2003, the Dutch National team
made its first appearance in international play at the 2004 European
Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The team has made
appearances in every major tournament since then, with standout
performances during the 2008 European Championships, finishing second
after a loss to England in the final, and in 2010, where they ended
eighth with a 5-3 record.