The Bishop’s Gaiters lacrosse team announced that Rob Engelken of Shelburne has been promoted to head coach. He replaces Damien Roy, who had coached the team since its inception in 2000. Roy will remain with the team as program director, with responsibility for recruiting.
Engelken, a native of Lafayette, N.Y., has been an assistant coach with the Gaiters since 2000, and has assumed steadily-increasing responsibilities throughout his time with the program. “This announcement makes public what has been in operation for a number of years. Rob has been the technical background of the program since its inception,” said Roy.
The Shelburne resident has 20 years of lacrosse coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels, having served as the head coach at South Burlington and Champlain Valley Union high schools, as well as an assistant at the University of Vermont. He has also directed the “Fun in the Sun” lacrosse school since 1993, the longest-running lacrosse camp in the state, and is the Director of the Lake Champlain Lacrosse Club, having coached teams at a variety of age levels. He also has coached ski racing for 30 years.
“This is an exciting time for Bishop’s University lacrosse,” said Engelken. “After having a successful season last fall, our guys are working harder than ever and recruiting is going well. While I’m delighted and honored to be named head coach of Canada’s top university lacrosse team, not much will change. Being a club team and with all volunteer coaches, this is merely a title change and we will all continue to work as a team. The success of our program is due to the hard work and long hours of our entire staff, as well as the many alumni and coaches who have helped over the past 12 years.”