UNCASVILLE, Conn. (June 8, 2017) – The New England Black Wolves have announced today that defensive coordinator Jim Veltman will be stepping away from the team.
He will be replaced on the coaching staff by Clem D’Orazio, who previously served as coordinator of player personnel and scouting manager for the Black Wolves.
“Jim has been an integral part of our franchise for the past two seasons and we cannot thank him enough for what he has brought to the team,” Black Wolves general manager Rich Lisk said. “Clem has proved to be invaluable in our assessing of talent and scouting over the past few years. This is the natural progression for him and he brings years of knowledge to our coaching staff. We are excited for him to take this next step in his career.”
Veltman, who has been with the franchise for the past two seasons, will take the year to travel and volunteer with his family in Africa and Europe.
“Clem has worked in all levels of lacrosse and has developed an impressive resume,” Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark said. “I have worked with Clem at the minor, junior and pro levels and I am confident in his abilities to bring fresh and valuable ideas to our team.”
In addition to his duties with the Black Wolves, D’Orazio is the lacrosse director and head coach at Everest Academy, a position he has held since 2011. The general manager and offensive coach for the Toronto Beaches Junior A club, D’Orazio won multiple national championships as a player at Brock University and also spent two season as the head coach of the Brampton Excelsiors.
“It is a great honor and very exciting to serve as the new defensive coach for the New England Black Wolves,” D’Orazio said. “This is a first class organization and on the verge of something very special. It has been a goal of mine to be a coach in the NLL for several years and I can’t wait for the opportunity to begin.”
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