November 4, 2011

Devan Wray to Coach Defense for Edmonton Rush

from press release

EDMONTON, Ab. -- Edmonton Rush GM/Head Coach Derek Keenan announced Friday that Edmonton native and eight-year NLL veteran Devan Wray has joined the Rush coaching staff as the Defensive Assistant Coach.

Although briefly on the Rush roster as a player last season, Wray spent his entire career with the Calgary Roughnecks, appearing in 89 regular-season games and collecting 59 points. Wray helped lead the Roughnecks to the Champion's Cup title in both 2004 and 2009.

Wray, who replaces Jeremy Tallevi, will be behind the Rush bench alongside Keenan and Offensive Assistant Coach Todd Lorenz.

"First and foremost, Devan is a quality person," noted Keenan. "He's a very knowledgeable lacrosse guy and I believe he is an excellent fit for the coaching staff. I always like Devan's game as a player and I think he'll bring all those same attributes as a top-notch coach."

"Devan comes from a successful program in Calgary and was a major part of 2 NLL championships. I like his winning pedigree."

Wray added coaching to his decorated lacrosse resume last season when he took over as technical advisor with the Calgary Shamrocks Junior 'B' club.

Prior to his professional playing days, Wray gained a wealth of experience in both the indoor and outdoor game, winning a pair of Minto Cup Canadian Junior 'A' championships with the Burnaby Lakers and playing for the Canadian national under-19 field team. Like his brother Taylor, Devan Wray became one of Edmonton's most prominent lacrosse players when he joined the Duke University Blue Devils.

Wray was not only a standout player at Duke but also represented the school on the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll.

The Rush opens the 2012 National Lacrosse League season on January 20 at Rexall Place against divisional rival Colorado Mammoth.

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