ASHKELON, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has named Chad Culp as head coach of the Israel men’s national box team which will compete at the 2024 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
“Chad’s intimate knowledge of the game, his culture, as well as his and his families love of Israel make him uniquely qualified to step into this role seamlessly,” said Brad MacArthur, who was head coach of the blue-and-white from the program’s inception through the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. MacArthur, who recently took on the role of head coach at Florida Tech University, will continue as General Manager for Israel Box Lacrosse.
Culp is an alumni of the blue-and-white, recording 37 points at the 2015 World Indoor Championship to lead Israel to a #4 world ranking, which stands as an ILA program-wide watershed finish. Culp played 15 seasons in the National Lacrosse League, recording 193 goals and 312 assists over 209 career games before hanging up the stick in 2017. The Arthur, Ontario native came out of retirement to suit up for Tel Aviv LC at the 2018 Aleš Hrebeský Memorial, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team as the Israelis secured the prestigious AHM trophy for the first time.
As a coach, Culp most recently served as an assistant for the NLL’s Halifax Thunderbirds from 2019-2020. He was also behind the bench for the ALL’s Whitby Steelhawks from 2018-2019 and the OLA Jr. B Orangeville Northmen in 2018.
“It’s an enormous honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Israel men’s national team,” said Culp. “I want to thank [Israel Lacrosse Founder] Scott Neiss, Brad MacArthur, and the entire lacrosse community in the Jewish State for this opportunity. My entire family is excited to be back in the fold with a program that has such incredible culture and tradition.”
Culp inherits a wildly successful staff in assistant coaches Jason Crosbie and David Dennenberg, who have served in their roles under MacArthur since 2015. In addition to the astonishing #4 world ranking, Israel won Gold Medals at the 2017 European Championship.
The new staff was in action last month as Israel Box Lacrosse relaunched the men’s program at an informal evaluation/traning camp at the North American Invitational at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, NY. Culp will also be behind the bench for the Israelis in April at E-BOX and the Aleš Hrebeský Memorial in Radotín, Czech Republic.
For more information on Israel Box Lacrosse, please e-mail Scott Neiss at email@example.com.