(Photo Courtesy of Nazareth Athletics)
*This article is part of a month-long series, Black Lacrosse Stories, that highlights Black players and coaches who have made an impact on our game, but maybe lesser known to many younger players today.*
Brian Silcott may be the most well-traveled man in lacrosse. From playing professionally for 11 years in both the NLL and MLL to impacting the game on various levels in states Florida and Georgia, Oregon, and California, as well as in Jamaica and Scotland. But, in part, Silcott’s long-tenured and notable career in the game of lacrosse started with the success he had in college at Nazareth.
In the 1990s, Nazareth was a prominent power in DIII, making nine NCAA Tournament appearances, five national title game appearances, and winning three national titles during the decade.
Silcott played for the Golden Flyers from 1990-1993, helping lead them to their first national title in 1992. Silcott was a USILA second team All-American that season as Nazareth went 14-1 en route to taking the national title. The midfielder had 19 points off 16 goals and three assists. The year prior, the Golden Flyers went 12-2 and fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The best season personally for Silcott as a college player was as a senior in 1993. Silcott was named a first team All-American and the national midfielder of the year. He helped Nazareth to a 10-3 record and second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Following his college career, Silcott played professionally for 11 seasons, playing in both the MLL and NLL. Upon retiring from playing following the 2005 MLL season, he was hired as the head coach of the San Francisco Dragons in 2006. Along with Bill Daye, who had been hired as the head coach of the Boston Cannons that same year, the pair became the first two Black head coaches in the MLL. Silcott also became the Executive Vice President and Governor for the NLL’s Portland Lumberjax.
Since, Silcott has served in a number of roles across the country – and internationally – in the lacrosse world. He is currently the Head of Player Experience and Lacrosse Administration with the PLL, the Director of Operations with Jamaica Lacrosse, and on the Board of Directors with USA Lacrosse. He also served as the head coach for Team Scotland in the last World Games.