Wray named head coach of Canada's U-19 field team

The Canadian Press

5/9/2012 1:14:43 PM

Taylor Wray has been named Canada's head coach for the world under-19 men's field lacrosse tournament.

Wray took over for Brodie Merrill who stepped down to an assistant while he and his wife wait for the arrival of their first child this summer.

Wray, a 30-year-old native of Edmonton, is a defenceman for the National Lacrosse League's Philadelphia Wings.

He served as a defence assistant when Canada won silver at the 2010 world men's championship.

"As outstanding a player as Taylor is, and his play speaks for itself, he is an even better coach ... ," said David Huntley.

"His work rate, demeanour and intelligence were integral to our success in 2010 and I look forward to his long involvement with all of our men's teams."

The Federation of International Lacrosse under-19 championship will be decided July 12-21 in Turku, Finland.