The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Casey Cittadino will return as head coach of Team Israel at the U-13 World Series of Youth Lacrosse at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado this summer. Zachary Pall and Josh Cittadino will also return as assistant coaches.
Cittadino, who suited up for the blue-and-white at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, had a storied nine-year pro career with the MLL’s Denver Outlaws and Charlotte Hounds after graduating Towson. Beyond coaching the U-13 squad, he has stayed involved with Israel’s men’s national program, most recently serving as Director of Player Personnel at the World Championships in Israel.
Pall has competed in several major Championship events for Israel’s men’s national team, most recently leading the blue-and-white in scoring with 21 goals and 3 assists at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Pall, who played at Hofstra, is the founder of Parallax in Alabama.
Josh Cittadino, who served as a member of the coaching staff at SUNY Cortland following his graduation, is a former player for the Denver Outlaws and has represented Israel on the field in exhibition play.
The team will be holding a mandatory four-day training/tryout camp and NCAA Final Four Experience in Philadelphia, from May 24-27, 2019. July’s Championship roster will be confirmed following the training camp.
All players must be born on or after September 1, 2005, and must be considered eligible for Israeli citizenship per Israel’s Law of Return (ie: must have at least one Jewish parent or grandparent). All US-based players who are selected to compete on the team will be required to conduct an equipment drive in support of the development of youth lacrosse in Israel, and are strongly encouraged to participate in a Lacrosse Service Trip to the Jewish State when they reach High School.
While Israel-based players — from Ashkelon up to Netanya — are being evaluated throughout the 2019 youth lacrosse season, US-based players who are interested in applying for consideration should contact Chris Friedman at email@example.com.
For more information on the World Series of Youth Lacrosse, visit worldseriesofyouthlacrosse.com.