Ian Kadish Joins U-20 Men’s National Team Staff

Ian Kadish

ASHKELON, ISRAEL – Ian Kadish has been named an assistant coach for the Israel U-20 Men’s National Team which will be competing at the 2021 World Championships in Limerick, Ireland from June 17-26.

The major Championship event, which is usually a U-19 event held every four years, was postponed from summer 2020 as a result of the global pandemic.  Kadish joins a staff led by head coach Jacob Silberlicht, assistant coach Michael Horowitz, and general manager Seth Mahler.

Israel earned sixth place at the 2016 U-19 world championships held in Vancouver and fifth at the U-20 European Championships in Prague in 2019.

“We are lucky to add Ian to our already highly motivated coaching staff,” said Mahler.  “Ian’s passion to make Israel Lacrosse a better organization is unmatched, and he’s undoubtedly the right person to help us build off our success in Prague last summer.

Kadish, who has played for the Men’s National Team since 2016, is vital in many different roles for the organization, including Director of Lacrosse Operations and External Relations. Prior to joining Israel Lacrosse, Kadish helped guide his alma mater, Amherst College, to the NCAA Championship Game as an Assistant Coach. As a player, he was a four-year starter, and team captain for his Senior season, 2017 Division 3 Pre-Season All-American, NESCAC All Sportsmanship Team, 3x All-NESCAC Academic, USILA North All-Star, D3 Scholar All-American, as well as Amherst Lacrosse Reverend Coburn Award for excellence in leadership and devotion to lacrosse.

Silberlicht, who made Aliyah in 2014 and began coaching the blue-and-white’s junior squad in 2019, is leading a virtual evaluation process alongside Mahler.  The team is expected to begin training in October in Ashkelon.

Athletes who are interested in being considered should contact U-20 Men’s National Team GM, Seth Mahler, at [email protected].

The Israel Lacrosse Association is the National Governing Body of lacrosse in Israel, aiming to promote lacrosse in the Jewish State by allocating resources, programming and inspiring participation from all over the country. The organization’s vision is based on the belief that lacrosse has an important and significant role in strengthening the ties of Diaspora Jewry to Israel.