Australia Announces Remaining Staff for 2023 World Juniors
Australian Box Lacrosse is happy to announce the following appointments for the team competing at the 2023 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Chris Deshon returns as Team Manager. Deshon has only been involved in Box Lacrosse since 2022 and has already been Team Manager for Australia at the 2022 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Additionally, Deshon was instrumental in assembling the Western Australia (WA) Senior and Junior teams that competed in the 2023 Lacrosse Australia Men’s Box Lacrosse National Championship and the 2023 IIJL Commonwealth Cup, respectively.
|Chris Deshon||Dan Hall|
Dan Hall will serve as Assistant Coach, a role he took on and excelled at during the 2023 IIJL Commonwealth Cup. Dan's playing career started at the Eltham Lacrosse Club, in Eltham, VIC where he played field lacrosse predominately. Hall was a member of the first Australian Senior Box team that competed at the 2003 World Lacrosse Box Championships, formerly known as the World indoor Lacrosse Championship. He was named to the Men's National Box Team again in 2019, traveling with the team to compete in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Hall has also been a member of the Victorian Senior Box Team in 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2023. Hall has been coaching junior teams in the Victoria Box League, where he has be instrumental in helping to establish a domestic box lacrosse league for junior players in Australia.
Jack Stokes returns to the Australian Box Lacrosse organization, now as an Assistant Coach. Stokes is the first player to compete at the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship and return to the organization in a coaching role. Stokes served as Captained for the New South Wales (NSW) Box team in 2019. after trying out for the Senior team in 2019 he decided to head off over to Canada to gain more Box knowledge. He played in the Delta Islanders club, playing games in both Junior A (British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League - BCJLL) and Junior B. Stokes served as Alternate Captain of the inaugural Australia team that competed at the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. In 2022 Stokes joined the Blackfish in the Arena Lacrosse League - West (ALL West) during the North American Winter and Port Coquitlam Saints in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association (WCSLA) in the Summer. Currently, he plays for the historic New Westminster Salmonbellies in the WCSLA, where he has also played several games as a call-up in the Western lacrosse Association (WLA).
Jack Stokes is a perfect example of what international exposure to box lacrosse at the junior level can do for growth and development of players and coaches domestically - specifically for a field-lacrosse-centric country.