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The Premier Lacrosse League has announced that John Paul has stepped down from his post as head coach of the Atlas LC following the leagues inaugural season.
In a release from the league, Paul said, ”I have decided to step down from my position as head coach of the Atlas Lacrosse Club in order to spend my summers focusing on my family, business and other passions. I’m incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to help build the Premier Lacrosse League, and I look forward to a continuing relationship. I can’t thank Paul and Mike Rabil enough for trusting me, but mostly I’m thankful for what they are doing for the game we all love. Our sport took a leap forward this summer. I’m excited to see where this goes next.”
Paul was announced as one of the original six head coaches back in the spring of 2019 and led Atlas LC to a 5-5 regular-season record in the inaugural season of the PLL. Atlas LC missed the championship bracket but made it to the final in the first overall pick bracket where they lost to Archers LC.
A Michigan native, Paul was the head coach at Michigan from 2012-2017 and oversaw their transition from club to DI. Paul compiled a 23-61 record as a DI head coach at Michigan.
Atlas LC is the second club in the PLL to announce a coaching change this offseason as Chrome LC announced earlier this week that Dom Starsia would be leaving his post as head coach and moving into a leadership position on the PLL’s Lacrosse Advisory Board.