NLL star Powless joins Red Devils
The Wallaceburg Red Devils have added four-time National Lacrosse League champion Johnny Powless as an assistant coach for the 2018 season.
Powless won the NLL championship last season with the Georgia Swarm. He also won three straight titles from 2012-14 with the Rochester Knighthawks.
His younger brother, Sid, played for the Red Devils this year in the Ontario Jr. ‘B’ Lacrosse League.
Powless won the 2014 Minto Cup – the Canadian junior ‘A’ championship – playing with current Red Devils assistant coach Jordan Durston on the Six Nations Arrows.
“Johnny wants to get down here and get working on 2018 as soon as possible,” Red Devils coach Justin Durston said in a news release. “He wants to work with the offence and get them all under the same page. He’s not only a winner but he is very well-respected and Johnny will bring an abundance of knowledge to our system.”
Powless has 318 points in 95 regular-season games during six NLL seasons.
The 24-year-old from Six Nations had a career-high 72 points in 18 games with the Swarm in 2016. He had 50 points in 10 games in 2017.
Powless is joining a Red Devils coaching staff that also includes Jamie Knight.
“It not only affects the Red Devils but it is huge for our entire org, including minor, to have such an amazing talent wanting to come here to coach,” Justin Durston said. “We are truly lucky to have him.”
Award for lacrosse alliance
The Wallaceburg Lacrosse Alliance won the Promotion and Development Award at the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s annual general meeting Saturday in Niagara Falls.
The award goes to the association which has done the most to promote and develop the sport in its area and across the province.
The alliance brings together Wallaceburg minor lacrosse and the Red Devils junior ‘B’ team.
It has offered more than 260 hours of free camps to more than 400 players in ChathamKent, Walpole Island and the Delaware Nation since receiving an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in April 2016.
“I believe that we are successful because the Red Devil players and coaches support minor lacrosse and are eager to give back at camps and in turn the young lacrosse players go to Red Devil games and cheer on their team,” Knight said in a news release.
“We started running winter camps in 2011 and now we offer free camps in the summer and fall as well. We provide sticks and have amazing coaches that are eager to share the game and we are willing to bring the game to your community.”
New Wallaceburg Red Devils assistant coach Johnny Powless, left, plays for the Rochester Knighthawks in a National Lacrosse League game against the Calgary Roughnecks in 2012.