BALTIMORE, Md. - U.S. Lacrosse has named Stevenson head men's lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene and assistant coach Tim Puls as speakers at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. The sport's largest professional development event will take place Jan. 11-13, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
"US Lacrosse continues to focus on improving the quality of the lacrosse experience for all and bringing to the convention many of the sport's leaders in coaching and officiating to share their knowledge with colleagues at the youth and high school levels supports that focus," said Beth Porreca, director of special events at U.S. Lacrosse.
"Coach Cantabene and Coach Puls have distinguished records in lacrosse, and we're excited to have them speak at our convention."
Cantabene, who retired from a six-year Major League Lacrosse playing career as the league's all-time faceoff wins leader and is widely regarded as one of the sport's best ever at that position, will host a faceoff clinic at 1:30 p.m., on January 12.
Stevenson's winningest coach in both wins and percentage, Cantabene boasts a 115-35 career record in eight seasons. He earned his 100th career win on March 3, 2012, becoming the second-fastest in NCAA Division III history to reach 100 wins.
Cantabene has led the Mustangs to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship where they have advanced to the national semifinals three times. The team also won a CAC title in 2010, has been ranked at No. 1 in three of the last four seasons and has garnered 35 All-America selections since 2008.
Puls, a 30-year coaching veteran, will host "Defensive Techniques to Win Championships" at 9:00 a.m., on January 13. His presentation will include tips for coaches to emphasize positioning and technique while adding creativity to lacrosse defense.
Puls was the 2009 NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year and won the 1991 NJCAA National Championship while serving as the head coach at CCBC Essex.
Lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators can purchase convention tickets online at uslacrosse.org/2013convention before Dec. 28 for just $105 (a savings of 30 percent on the walk-up price). The convention ticket includes advance access to speaker handouts and post-event access to audio/video recordings of all convention presentations.
Dick Vermeil, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XV and who guided the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, will kick off the convention with a keynote address at 7:00 p.m., on January 11.
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