BALTIMORE, Md. – Towson University Associate Head Coach Shawn Nadelen has been named as one of the 23 players selected to represent the United States at the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships, it has been announced by US Lacrosse officials.
The Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships will be held in Manchester, England from July 14-24, 2010.
“It is truly an honor to be one of the players selected to represent the USA in the 2010 World Lacrosse Championship,” Nadelen said. “The opportunity to represent my country by playing the game I love is something I have a tremendous amount of pride in.
“I feel grateful to have learned so much throughout my playing and coaching careers in lacrosse with those experiences preparing me for the challenges of making the U.S. Team,” Nadelen added. “I want to thank my family and friends and especially my wife, Mary, for their unending support throughout the entire process.”
Nadelen, who serves as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, has had a successful playing career in Major League Lacrosse. He completed his ninth season as a member of the Washington Bayhawks this past summer. He helped the Bayhawks win the 2002 and 2005 MLL championships and has played in the All-Star Game twice.
An eight-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League, he will also start his sixth season with the Philadelphia Wings this winter. He has scored 15 goals with 64 assists in his indoor career.
A 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Nadelen was a four-year starter for the Blue Jays who moved from midfield to close defense as a junior. He led the Blue Jays to the NCAA semi-finals twice during his career.
Entering his sixth season as a member of the Tigers’ coaching staff, Nadelen has helped direct the Tigers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances while earning a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament four times.
During Nadelen’s first season in 2005, the Tigers ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.88 goals per game. It was the Tigers’ best defensive average since 1974 when they won the Division II national championship by allowing 7.3 goals per game.
While advancing to the CAA Championship Game in 2009, the Tigers posted a 9.11 goals against average and held opponents under ten goals in nine games.
Prior to joining the Towson staff, Nadelen spent three years as an assistant coach under Bill Tierney at Princeton University. During his years at Princeton, he helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament three times. Princeton advanced to the national semi-finals twice during Nadelen’s tenure.
“There is no better way to put the icing on the cake for one’s career than to be named to the U.S. World Team,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “What Shawn Nadelen has accomplished as a lacrosse player is hard to be equaled.
“It is an honor in itself to have been chosen as one of the top 41 players in the country last summer, but to compete over the last three months with the very best players in our country and come out as one of the top five defensemen is truly the ultimate award,” Coach Seaman added. “No one deserves it more.”
Since the first recognized international championship in 1967, the United States has won eight gold medals. The U.S. team finished as runner-up to Canada at the 2006 World Championship.
“I want to congratulate the entire pool of players on their efforts, attitude and stellar play over three tremendous weekends this fall,” Team USA Coach Mike Pressler said. “Without question, this was the best way to go in this thorough and, at times, exhausting process. We feel these 23 men give us the best chance to win the gold medal at the 2010 World Championship in Manchester.”