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Officers

Johnny Mouradian

President / Chief Executive Officer

Johnny Mouradian earned his Bachelor of Science Degree (1976) and Masters of Science Degree with a focus in Sports Psychology (1998) from Ithaca College. Before entering the National Lacrosse League (NLL) in 1999 as the Vice President/GM/Shareholder for the Toronto Rock, he taught high school in his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario (1983-1998).

In 2010, he created the American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA) providing programs and services in the United States, and globally that educates and trains youth, high school, and college field lacrosse players and coaches. Johnny is a Guest Coach at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and has worked in concert with Bill Shatz, the Director of Lacrosse, to build his Offensive Principles. In 2015, he was selected as a committee member for the United States Lacrosse Long Term Development Model.

Hall of Fame and Special Awards and Recognition

Johnny is in the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1998),Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame (2000), and as a player on the 1978 Canadian national team that won the World Field Championships in England, inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2001) under the Team Category. He is in the Lakeport High School Hall of Fame (2003), National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame (2008), St. Catharines, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (2008), and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the Field Player Category (2009).

In 2012, Johnny was one of 55 Canadian Lacrosse Association Members who received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada. In 2014, he was presented with the Federation of International Lacrosse Development Award for his role in the growth of lacrosse internationally and in 2015 received the Federation of International Lacrosse Spirit of the Game Award for his role with Team Canada Men’s Indoor Team.

College Coaching Experience

Johnny joined the Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario) Coaching staff in 1986 the second year of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse League (UFLA). He held positions as Head Coach, Co-Head Coach, and Assistant Coach for ten seasons 1986 - 1991 and 1994 - 1997 guiding the team to seven league championships. In 1992, he was a Graduate Assistant Coach at Ithaca College.

He worked in concert with the UFLA Commissioner and the Executive Committee to shape the constitution, referees program and the annual university championships. These achievements are quite notable as the league was in its early stages setting the standards for the operation of the league and the development of what is currently the Canadian University Lacrosse Association (CUFLA}.

In 2014, Johnny was named the Head Coach of the inaugural Bryn Athyn DIII College Men's Lacrosse Program posting an 8 - 5 season. Bryn Athyn finished with an incredible 44.9 shooting percentage, the top in NCAA DI, DII and DIII lacrosse. Currently, in his second season as Associate Head Coach Bryan Athyn finished with a 9 - 4 record, fourth place in the NEAC and first playoff appearance; the team has a shooting percentage of 40.3 and Man up is 41.3 percent.

International Lacrosse Experience (Field)

Johnny played on the Canadian National Field Team in the 1974 World Games in Melbourne, Australia, and also played on the 1978 team that captured the gold medal at the World Field Championships in Manchester, England. 

He was co-head coach of the 1985 Canadian National Team, and an assistant coach on four Canadian National Field Teams that participated at the World Championships; 1982 Baltimore (Bronze), 1986 Toronto (Silver), 1990 Perth (Silver) and 1998 Baltimore (Silver). In 2010, he was the GM of the Canadian National field lacrosse team winning silver at the World Field Championships in Manchester, England.

International Lacrosse Experience (Indoor Box)

In 2003, Johnny was on the organizing committee that created the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and was also the GM of the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse Team that won the inaugural World Indoor Championship that year. In 2007, he was the Chairman of the Canadian National Indoor Team that won the World Championship.

Johnny was the GM of the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse Team that won the World Games at Prague, 2011. Currently, he is the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse Program Director. Team Canada won the World Indoor Championships at Syracuse, New York, Sept 27, 2015. The National Men’s Indoor team has a 23 - 0 record at World Championships. As Director, he oversees the National Men’s Indoor Program and the newly formed U-17 Canadian National Indoor Program.

National Lacrosse League Experience (Professional Indoor)

In roles with the National Lacrosse League, Johnny served as team Governor, held positions on the Competition Committee, Expansion Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Player Relations Committee, and Hall of Fame Committee.

In various roles as an executive, GM, and shareholder, Johnny won nine Professional World Indoor Championships; Buffalo Bandits in 1992, 1993 and 1996; Toronto Rock in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2005 and Washington Stealth 2010. As General Manager, he holds the record with five NLL Championships and was General Manager of the Buffalo Bandits with the NLL record 22 game winning streak.

Starting in 2004, Johnny spent six seasons with the San Jose Stealth, holding positions as Head Coach/GM, Managing Director/GM, and President/GM. In 2009, he was President/GM of the Washington Stealth and finished in 2010 as an Advisor to the team. In 2011, he was the GM of the Philadelphia Wings, Head Coach (2012-2013), and completed his fourth season as GM in 2014.

 
 

Gord Watt

Vice-President, Education and Training

 

Gord has a BA in Drama, a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University where he earned his basic teaching qualifications for primary, junior and intermediate divisions. He earned a Specialist certificate in Special Education and an Honors Specialist in English. He also has Principal’s Qualifications that include Program Development and Implementation and Program Supervision and Evaluation.

During his 30 years as an educator, Gord developed programs for a wide range of student needs including; credit recovery, guidance, gifted, outdoor education, advanced English and Television Arts. He taught all levels of students from grades 6 to grade 13 at various points in his teaching career. 

Gord has been coaching and organizing lacrosse for the past 25 years. His teams won two Ontario high school championships and he coached the St. Catharines A’s novice team to an Ontario Championship in ’98. Gord was an Assistant/JV coach with Brock University team that won five OUFLA championships from ’94 to ’99. While active with educational programming for the AIL, he is maintaining his coaching, with the Edge U-11 team and the West Park Secondary School Warriors.

Gord was the founding commissioner of the Niagara Secondary School Field Lacrosse League. He was also the founding commissioner of the Ontario Secondary School Lacrosse Association and was instrumental in making lacrosse a recognized varsity sport in Ontario High Schools.  He has also been the commissioner of Ontario University Field Lacrosse Association and the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association. 

Gord has a wonderful understanding wife and two children.


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