There has been a changing of the guard in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) Junior A Division. The Jr. A Miners announced via their facebook group that John Lintz would be taking over the reins as head coach from lacrosse icon Todd Lorenz.
JR. A MINERS COACHING ANNOUNCEMENT
Need a background check on who John Lintz is? Let’s start with him being the St. Francis Xavier High School Lacrosse Academy Director and finish with STFX website magnificent recap of his playing and coaching career.
“Began with the South Edmonton Warriors (provincial gold in 2003 and 2004 and a silver medal at Founders Cup in 2004). John also competed for two seasons with the Coquitlam Adanacs of the BCJLL (BC Finals in 2006).
After being drafted to both NLL and WLA in the third and second round respectively, he began his senior lacrosse career playing for the WLA’s Langley Thunder (two Western Lacrosse Championships, attended two Mann Cups, two time WLA 2nd Team All-Star, two-time Hard Hat Award recipient with Langley).
During summers spent at home in Edmonton, John has played for the RMLL’s St. Albert (Sr B) Miners (three provincial championships, two undefeated seasons in Alberta, a Presidents Cup bronze medal and a Presidents Cup Championship in 2016).
In the National Lacrosse League, John has been a member of both the Calgary Roughnecks and Saskatchewan/Edmonton Rush (Including four visits to the Champions Cup finals and three championships, was the Fans Choice recipient in 2015).”
John has coaching experience with the St. Albert Miners, South Edmonton Warriors, Apex Field Lacrosse Club, Destroyer Lacrosse, West Edmonton Blues, and dozens of camps along the way.”
A champion everywhere he has gone, Lintz definitely seems the right choice to be Lorenz’s successor. I reached out to Coach Lorenz and asked two questions, how long have you coached in the Miners organization and can you please give a comment about new Head Coach Lintz?
As in any sport, the need to transition to next the generation is very important and an extremely vital decision for any successful organization – one that is not taken lightly by the Miners. A few years ago, I recognized that transition is required and it needed to be calculated and planned in order for the Miners to continue to be a successful organization. The search for the correct person to lead the Club is the most important and valued position the Club can take. Its more important than wins and losses. The Miners have always prided themselves on “ developing young men to become better contributing members of society”, using lacrosse as the vehicle and along the way playing some lacrosse that we all love, are passionate about and yes, win a few games and get back to the Minto Cup.
The Miners had tried to bring John on for a few years, but due to his playing commitments in the NLL and Sr B, the timing wasn’t great, but the interactions with John and him helping when he could, reaffirmed that we had the “Right Person in John” to take over and lead the Miners into the next generation, it was just a matter of making sure it was the right time. The time is right and it’s now.
As any coach will tell you its about being a student of the game, having the passion, drive and commitment. John has had the luxury of playing for some great coaches over the years in Sr Lacrosse and the NLL. To be a successful coach, you learn from all those coaches, mix in your own personality, your own coaching styles and success will follow. John is as knowledgeable as any person in the game of lacrosse across the country today. His understanding of the technical portion, the players portion and the personality traits of the young players are all parallel to best in the game. John has a great understanding in the direction the game is going, to the youth of today and is connected to how young athletes approach the game.
With John’s successful playing career, his extreme knowledge of the game, his passion for lacrosse and his commitment to the Miners, it makes John, not just a logical one, but the correct decision. The Miners club couldn’t be any happier that our search to get the right person to led the Miners into the next generation has been successful as we “ have the Right person”. I have 100% confidence in John and have the peace of mind in stepping back as the Miners are in good hands and the future of the club looks promising for a long time to come.
Certainly not to be undermined, but anytime you can bring in assistants like John did in the likes of the “best defensive player in the world “ in Ryan Dilks and one of the purest goal scorers in the game today in Richard Lachlan, the Miners have set themselves up for success and getting back to the Minto Cups of yester years.”
Junior A is the highest level of box lacrosse in Canada for junior aged players (16-21). Compared to ice hockey, Junior A is at the same level as the Western Hockey League (WHL). There are four Junior A teams in Alberta, the Calgary Jr. A Mountaineers, the Okotoks Jr. A Raiders, the St. Alberta Jr. A Miners, and the Saskatchewan Jr. A Swat.
Players must have the drive & mentality required to succeed at this level. Players are on the floor 4-6 times per week, including games. During Regular Season & playoffs, teams travel to Calgary, Edmonton & Saskatoon on the weekends, with some weekday games in Calgary & Edmonton between inter city rivals.
The age of the majority of players playing Junior A: are 18 to 21 years old. Very few players play Jr. A in their first year of Junior eligibility and may require a year or 2 for development at a lower level, and are eligible to be called up as an affiliate player at the Jr. A team’s request, with permission from the lower division team. This system has produced numerous professional & collegiate athletes due to the high caliber of skill, speed and character associated with the Division.