Hyde School Boys Lacrosse coach Chris Kidger has been selected to coach with the newly formed Iroquois National Lacrosse Development Program.
Led by Iroquois National Senior Team and IMG Academy Head Coach Mark “Red” Burnam, the National Development Program has been created to start developing Haudenosaunee players of field lacrosse from a younger age, in addition to supporting them as students and young men. The intended outcome of the development program is to produce an Iroquois National team that can challenge the United States and Canada for a gold medal in the Lacrosse World Games and, eventually, reach the Olympics.
“It is a great honor to even be considered to work with this group of young men,” says Kidger. “This is certainly a career milestone and an experience I will remember for a long time. I am excited to teach the game of lacrosse to an incredibly talented group of young men, but, more than that, I am excited to learn more about the fast-paced distinctive style that Native players bring to the table and the way the game intertwines with Haudenosaunee culture.”
Kidger is expected to work primarily with the 2020 team, the oldest group, composed of rising seniors and postgraduates who are all vying for a spot on the U19 National Team slated to travel to Scotland next summer for the Junior World Championships.
In addition, two Hyde lacrosse players will be playing on the team, Jaden Stout ’20 and Gavin Hill ‘PG, who are both members of the Onondaga Nation. “The drive that these two bring to the sport is inspiring,” Kidger says of the players. “I hope to see both of them competing for the Iroquois Nationals next summer in Scotland.”
The team will hold practices around New England, and we are so proud that one of our own will be involved!
Photo above: Kidger on the left with his mom Lori Hobart and brother Greg.