Lemaire added to Armstrong Shamrock staff

Armstrong Shamrocks of the Thompson/Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League have added Adrien Lemaire as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Lemaire, 54, was welcomed by head coach Pat Nelson at a recent coaches meeting and joins the already stellar staff, including Glenn (Stumpy) Mitchell, Jim Maundrell and Ryan Nitchie.

Lemaire brings with him nearly 40 years of lacrosse experience and an impressive coaching resume, particularly in high school sports as a basketball coach at Pleasant Valley Secondary School, where is also a phys-ed teacher.

“The addition of Adrien to the team will be noticed immediately; he has instant credibility with the players and is very well respected amongst everyone invlolved with the team,” said Maundrell.

“Adrien is highly analytical and really sees strengths and weaknesses in ourselves and our opponents so we will certainly improve our tactics on and off the floor.”

Lemaire had an impressive lacrosse career with the senior Shamrocks through the 1970s, playing alongside Maundrell, Lance McGregor and Doug Morrison. He was a speedy and calculating player with a deceptive outside shot and keen floor sense.

Lemaire’s No. 16 was retired alongside Maundrell in 2006 and hangs in the rafters at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Nitchie, a longtime Shamrock, was delighted to have Lemaire commit to the team.

“I’ve watched him play and played Masters lacrosse alongside Adrien all my life and having him join this very talented team of players and coaches is a huge boost for our organization.”

The baby Rocks open their spring camp the first week in March at the Hassen Arena. It is open to players aged 17 and older.

“We are having open tryouts and any athletes that want to come out are more than welcome,” said Nitchie who can be reached by email at rockslacrosse@yahoo.com.

“We will be using some of our connections to try and attract an NLL-calibre coach and players to assist us with the camp in April as a chance for our team to gain some new knowledge and experience a very professional style practice regiment,” said Nitchie.