Philadelphia Wings Captain Brodie Merrill will conduct his first-ever defensive lacrosse academy in the Philadelphia area at Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) October 26 – 28, 2012. The academy is open to all boys ages 8 to 18 and is designed to focus on the skills required by every defenseman to excel in their position.
"I’m excited to bring the defensemen's academy to Philadelphia. The position is unique and requires a different approach than other positions. We hope to pass on instruction that will help defensemen take their game to another level. Our goal is make each camper a better individual and team defender," said Brodie Merrill.
Merrill is one of the most decorated lacrosse players in the world who has revolutionized how teams use the defensive player in both box and field, with his run-and-gun transitional style. A graduate of Georgetown University, Merrill boasts the following accolades in his college and professional lacrosse career: two-time All American; two-time Tewaaraton Award Finalist; 2005 NCAA Defensive Player of the Year; 2005 NLL and MLL Rookie of the Year; 2005 NLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2006-2011 MLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2009 & 2010 NLL Transition Player of the Year; 6-time NLL All-Star; 7-time MLL All-Star. Merrill, who also plays for the MLL Hamilton Nationals, has also won two Mann Cup Championships, a Gold and Silver Medal at the World Field Lacrosse Championships, 2 Gold medals at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and an MLL Championship. Merrill is sponsored by Reebok.
“Brodie is one of the best players in the world and his resume speaks for itself. We are proud that he is bringing his leadership style and defensive prowess to teach what years of success have taught him – how to hone your skills to compete at the highest levels of lacrosse,” said Michael French, president and co-owner of the Wings.
Additionally, Merrill current serves as general manager of the Toronto Beaches Junior A Lacrosse team, and was one of the coaches of the U19 Team Canada that brought home the silver medal at the U19 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships, in Turku, Finland. He also serves as the head coach and director of the Hill Academy men’s lacrosse team which is highly regarded as one of the top lacrosse programs in North America.
This defense academy is open to boys ages 8-18 and will focus on developing lacrosse “IQ”, strengthening stick and footwork skills and more. The three day event will begin on Friday night and conclude on Sunday afternoon, followed by an NCAA recruiting workshop for players ages 13 and up. Players from New York to Maryland are expected to participate along with area high schools and prep schools. Each participant will receive a Wings pinnie and lanyard. For information and to register for the defense academy, visit: www.wingslacrossecamps.com
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