The Junior A Lacrosse season will soon be upon us once again, and the Toronto Beaches are wasting no time in preparing for it.
Management has been slightly shuffled and new players already drafted, setting the tone for the spring.
Ryan Cousins, who last year held the position of Assistant General Manager is now the President of the club.
“I’m really happy about it” said Cousins of the move. “[I will] be taking on a more of a role out in the community and connecting with the Beaches minor organization and the house league. We hope to grow in the community.”
Cousins has recently retired from the National Lacrosse League (NLL) after winning the championship last season with the Rochester Knighthawks.
Assistant Coach Scott Crombie has stepped into the Assistant GM position and brings with him a slew of expertise.
“He’s the perfect candidate for that position and he’s been around the organization for a number of years,” explained Cousins.
Orangeville native Brodie Merrill, who plays in the NLL with the Philadelphia Wings, will stay in the General Manager position.
The Head Coach position will once again be filled by Bruce Codd, who has also retired as a player from the Toronto Rock. Codd’s professional career has now taken him back to Calgary where he will act as Assistant Coach with the Roughnecks.
“We welcome him back again this year on our coaching staff” said Cousins. “It will help with the [players] starting to learn his system better and produce a better team by bringing everybody back.”
The team has recently acquired three new players in the draft: Tanner Thomson from Mimico, Chris Willman from London and Zack Bryant of Clarington.
Cousins is also looking forward to working with the minor leagues.
“We need to start working with the younger players to get them to the Junior A program,” explained Cousins. “There are so many opportunities now, be it university scholarships or playing professional.”
Tryout camps for Beaches Junior A Lacrosse will start at the end of March.
For more information on the team, visit torontobeachesjralacrosse.com.