JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Israel Lacrosse announced that Jeff Goldberg has been named an assistant coach of the 2014 Israeli National Lacrosse Team which will compete in the Men’s World Championships at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado.
“Jeff will be a great asset in helping us grow the sport at the grassroots level in Israel,” said Israel men’s head coach Bill Beroza. “He not only brings an exceptional offensive focus to our staff, but his experience in Florida is analogous to what we’re working towards in the Middle East.”
Goldberg previously served 17 years as the head coach at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida, winning 14 State Championships and earning a #1 ranking in the Southeast by both LaxPower and Inside Lacrosse. He is currently the co-director of Team Florida, the preeminent high school level travel lacrosse team, and the founder of Premier Player’s Lacrosse Academy, an educational institute serving student athletes and coaches.
“I feel both fortunate and grateful to be selected to help build the sport of lacrosse in Israel,” said Goldberg, who played alongside Beroza both professionally and on the United States indoor team in 1986. “This is an amazing opportunity to share our passion for the sport with a new generation of athletes.”
Goldberg has over 28 years of coaching experience in all, including internationally in Australia and Japan. He has amassed 391 career victories as a head coach, also previously serving at the collegiate level at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy as a head coach and Michigan State University as an offensive coordinator. In Florida, he has graduated over 45 high school All-Americans and currently has more than 30 former students playing lacrosse at the collegiate level.
“Jeff has a proven track record as both a leader and ambassador for the sport in South Florida,” said Israel Lacrosse general manager Howard Borkan. “His dedication and passion for developing athletes has been vital to the expansion of the game in what was previously considered a sleepy lacrosse region. We’re very lucky to have someone with Jeff’s experience available to us as we work towards making Israel a hotbed for the sport.”
The Levittown, New York native played collegiate lacrosse at North Carolina State University, before playing professionally for the Detroit Turbos and New York Saints, winning two championships.
Israel Lacrosse, an organization dedicated to the development of the sport of lacrosse in Israel, recently concluded its’ Summer 2011 initiatives, which culminated with the first-ever Zimmerman Cup, held on August 13, 2011 in front of a standing room only crowd at Kraft Stadium in Jerusalem. Rutgers University product Adam Goldberg scored four goals to lead Jerusalem Lacrosse Club past Tel Aviv Lacrosse Club, 12-11, to capture Israel’s newly-minted National Championship Trophy.
The championship game concluded three months of activity which included youth clinics, as well as weekly open practices held at Gan Sacher Park in Jerusalem and Bograshov Beach in Tel Aviv. In all, 25 youth clinics were held – in schools, parks, children’s homes and absorption centers – which put lacrosse sticks into the hands of over 1,000 Israeli children.