LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/30/12
An impressive group of coaches will be manning the sidelines at the 2012 Empire State Cup, which takes place in Syracuse, N.Y. on July 26-29.
Each region has a staff of three coaches, with a wide variety of experience in the sport, ranging from current professional players to Hall of Fame coaches.
The State of New York is divided by county into six regional territories: Adirondack, Central, Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City and Western. Each coaching staff will oversee their squad from tryouts in June through the tournament in July.
Players interested in participating in tryouts for the 2012 Empire Cup can register online now at www.empirestatecup.com
Head Coach: Chris Deeks
Assistant Coaches: Dan Achatz, Eric Zilinek
Regional Tryouts: June 9 at 3pm – Half Hollow Hills High School
Deeks, an Empire Games veteran, has been head coach of Long Island twice, winning gold in 1995 and 2008, as well as an assistant coach three times. He served as an assistant to Fran McCall and Bob Hoppey at the inaugural Empire Games. He is currently the head coach at Great Neck North, and previously served as head coach at Floral Park Memorial. He also was previously a defensive coordinator for Hofstra University and St. John’s University, and head coach at Globe Institute of Technology. In addition to the Empire State Cup, Deeks also coaches the Eastern Region Team at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
Achatz, who served as an assistant coach for Long Island at the 2008 Empire Games, is currently the head coach at Valley Stream High School. He was previously an assistant coach at Manhattanville College. Achatz played his collegiate lacrosse at Rutgers, where he was the 2003 winner of The Rutgers Lacrosse Knight Cup, awarded to the player who has played the game of lacrosse to the best of his ability, who has, by example, inspired or led his teammates both on and off the field and who, above all, has consistently demonstrated the qualities of unselfishness and loyalty to his team and Rutgers University.
Zilinek, who served as an assistant coach for Long Island at the 2008 Empire Games, is currently the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Great Neck North. He also previously coached at Floral Park Memorial and held the same position at Globe Institute of Technology. Zilinek played collegiately at New York Institute of Technology, where he was a faceoff specialist and defensive midfieler.