Howdy Folks!! I recently asked our new Head Coach, Marty Lattman, to write up why he accepted the HC position for Turkey and what it meant to him being part of our very first national team. Below is what he said:
“Being named the Head Coach of the Turkish Men’s National Lacrosse Team is the highlight of a long coaching career for me. Having coached at every level here in the U.S., the next logical step was to move into the international arena. Throughout my lacrosse coaching experience, the primary focus has always been growing the game. The opportunity with Turkey is especially appealing because of the growth potential there for lacrosse, and this is enhanced by two other factors. First, it is a country with a rich tradition of athletic prowess and a strong track record of international competitiveness. Second, the founders of Turkey Lacrosse are exceptional young leaders with a passion for the sport that is remarkable and contagious.
On a personal level, the country of Turkey has one of the most fascinating histories and cultures I’ve ever encountered. It is an amazing nation that is justifiably proud of its role on the world stage. Turkish people have a natural abundance of energy that should translate to outstanding performance on the lacrosse field. My expectation is that as the sport gains more exposure there, it will attract an increasing number of talented athletes who will embrace the game and carry on its tradition. The U.S. model of building the sport’s participation among older age groups and then spreading it down to the youth level should be easily adaptable within Turkey. This will certainly be facilitated by the growing numbers of lacrosse-playing Americans (as well as those from other nations such as Germany) who are now living in Turkey.
As is always the case for lacrosse when it is first introduced to a new country, the initial World Games team will include experienced players who are of Turkish descent but who are not actual residents of Turkey. These athletes will be Turkish-American, Turkish-Canadian, etc. As the sport of lacrosse grows within Turkey, it is my expectation and hope that the National Team will be comprised mostly of Turkish players who learned the game in their native country.
Marty Lattman’s Lacrosse Bio
Marty Lattman has been coaching men’s and boys’ lacrosse for twenty years, serving as a head coach at the college, high school, and youth levels. In 1998, he founded the Damascus Youth Lacrosse League, helping to build it into one of the largest per capita programs in the Washington, DC metro area. In 2005 he took over as head coach at Montgomery College, a Junior College that had never recorded a winning season in 14 years. During the 2006 season, he led the Knights to their first and only winning record. The team achieved a national NJCAA ranking of #11 at one point in the season, and finished with its highest ranking ever at #16. Marty was elected Vice President of the NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association in 2007.
Also in 2006, Marty became a certified lacrosse coach trainer for U.S. Lacrosse’s Coaching Education Program. To date, he has conducted over 80 clinics around the country and is now a Level 2 Certified Instructor. Marty also conducts lacrosse camps during the summer months, including sessions in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In the summer of 2008, Marty was chosen as one of only three men’s coaches by U.S. Lacrosse to represent the sport’s governing body at the national Native Vision sports camp for Native American youth, held that year in eastern Arizona.
In addition to coaching, Marty has been very active in a volunteer leadership capacity for U.S. Lacrosse. He served for several years on the National Youth Council, a Board which was responsible for Youth lacrosse nationally, and also as a member of the Men’s Division Board of Governors.
Marty played varsity lacrosse at the College of Wooster in Ohio, then went on to play for and coach the Business School club team at Cornell University in their box lacrosse league. After receiving his MBA, he played two years of club lacrosse for the Rochester Lacrosse Club.
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