It was announced that the New England Black Wolves coaching and management staff will return to the organization. General Manager and Head Coach Glenn Clark, Assistant General Manager and Defensive Coordinator Clem D’Orazio and Offensive Coordinator Darryl Gibson have agreed to multi-year extensions. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Clark will begin his sixth season as head coach in the 2020-21 season. Last January, Clark also assumed general manager duties upon the departure of former GM Rich Lisk. Since arriving to New England in 2015, Clark has compiled an impressive resume. In 2016, Clark was named NLL Coach of the Year after turning around a 4-14 team in 2015 to a squad that finished second in the East Division with a mark of 10-8 in 2016. Clark holds a 44-39 overall record with the Black Wolves, including a league best 8-3 mark in the 2019-20 campaign, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to propelling the Black Wolves to the top of the NLL standings, Clark boasts a stellar career as coach of the Canadian National Team. In September of 2019, he led the Canadian Men’s Box Lacrosse Team to its fifth straight gold medal at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Clark, no stranger to the gold medal, also won one as a player in 2003 and two as an assistant coach in 2011 and 2015. As a player, which included seven seasons with the Toronto Rock, Clark helped lead the organization to five NLL Championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005).
“Very excited to be back with the Black Wolves. New England is a first-class organization and committed to putting a winning product on the floor,” general manager and head coach Glenn Clark said. “Clem, Darryl and I work very well together and we have a trust that allows us to challenge each other to become better at our craft. I’m looking forward to working together to build a championship team in New England.”
D’Orazio will begin his fourth season with the Pack as the defensive coordinator and second as the assistant general manager. During the 2019-20 season, the Black Wolves 10 defensemen collected a total of 376 loose balls and caused 65 turnovers. In the net, Jamieson posted an 82.9 save percentage and on the X, face-off specialist Joe Nardella finished with a 57.8 win percentage. Together, he and Clark will continue to oversee player personnel decisions, scouting and lacrosse operations.
Offensive Coordinator Darryl Gibson, who joined the Black Wolves in 2018, will return after helping lead the Black Wolves’ offense to a 135 goal, 197 assist and 332-point season. Prior to joining the coaching staff, Gibson served as the offensive coach with the Cobourg Kodiaks in Major Series Lacrosse. During his career he has also served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Swarm and as the head coach of the Newmarket Redbirds.
“We are thrilled that this talented group is returning to lead the Black Wolves,” said Amber Cox, Vice President of Mohegan Sun Sports. “Glenn and Clem have been diligently working towards building us into a championship team on the field the last several years, and with the addition of Darryl in 2018, had us on the verge of something really special when the 2019-20 season was cut short due to COVID-19. They’ve done a tremendous job assembling a group of players who are committed to growing our sport and organization on and off the field. These three men are proven winners and I believe they can help us finally hang a championship banner in Mohegan Sun Arena for this great fan base.”
Most recently, the National Lacrosse League announced that the 2020 Entry Draft will be held on September 17th at 7PM, virtually. The New England Black Wolves currently have the 18th overall selection.
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