LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/7/11
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Long Island native Bill Shatz was recently named the Director of the IMG Lacrosse Academyin Brandenton, Fla.
Schatz, who played at Sachem High and later starred at Ithaca College, is one of the founders of the elite Tampa Bay Fire Lacrosse Club. He is also the co-founder of the American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA), where he remains as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of this international organization with the mission of extending the NLL-style indoor lacrosse game throughout the United States and globally.
He is partnered with current Philadelpha Wings General Manager and Coach Johnny Mouradian in helping build the AILA.
“Bill Shatz brings tremendous professional experience coupled with pure passion for the game to his new role as Director of the IMG Lacrosse Academy,” said Greg Phillips, Vice President and Athletics Director of IMG Academies via a press release. “He has been instrumental in fostering the growth of the sport throughout Florida, and we look forward to working with him to expand the unique program we have created at IMG Academies, and to grow lacrosse on an even larger scale.”
Throughout the state of Florida, Shatz has held a variety of roles within the lacrosse community including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Florida Lacrosse League (WFLL); as a coach with Team Florida, the only state-wide all-star lacrosse program in Florida; and Head Coach of Freedom High School’s Varsity Lacrosse Program.
“It’s great to be able to bring the tremendous skills and quality of the game that’s been played on Long Island for decades to the IMG Academy,” said Shatz. “I am pleased to be able to expose other players around the country and even internationally to the many skills and techniques I learned coming from the Island of New York,”
Shatz is also the High School Area Chairman for the US Lacrosse-Gulf Coast Chapter where he directs the All-American Selection Committee, among other duties. In 2011, he was appointed to the US Lacrosse Selector Staff to evaluate and select Team USA/U.S. National Men’s U-19 team slated to compete in the 2012 World Championships in Turku, Finland.