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The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) has announced that Tim Soudan has been hired as the next head coach of Chrome Lacrosse Club.
Soudan’s hiring comes two months after the announcement that former Chrome LC head coach Dom Starsia would be stepping down from his post and moving to a position on the PLL’s Advisory Board.
Most recently, Soudan served as the head coach for the Rochester Rattlers in Major League Lacrosse from 2011-2017. During his stint as the Rattlers’ head coach, leading them to two Championship appearances (2014,2015). Soudan also won the MLL’s Coach of the Year Award in 2014, as well.
A native of Fairport, N.Y., Soudan played at UMass, graduating in 1990. He was named an All-American in 1989 and 1990, and helped lead the Minutemen to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Soudan also played professionally in the NLL and MLL, ending his playing career in 2005. He also played for Team USA in the 1994 and 1998 World Lacrosse Championships.
Soudan started his coaching career in 2008 with the Rochester Knighthawks of the NLL and was hired as the head coach of the MLL’s Rochester Rattlers in 2011.
In a press release, Soudan Said, “The PLL has brought so much excitement to the sport of lacrosse and I am driven to coach at the highest level. Many thanks to the people that have made this a reality. I am itching to get started shaping a championship-caliber staff and roster in the months to come. My focus will be 100% culture and talent, when those two things come together you have a team that is hard to beat.”
Soudan inherits a Chrome LC team that went 2-8 overall in the inaugural season of the PLL. Chrome LC missed the championship bracket and lost to Atlas LC in the first round and was knocked out of the double-elimination tournament by Archers LC in the second round.
Additionally, Soudan knows many of the current Chrome LC players, having coached some of them during his past few seasons as the head coach of the Rochester Rattlers before the team moved to Dallas.