It appears the Mustangs boys lacrosse program is on the verge of welcoming a new leader to its sideline. Considering his recent prowess as a player, perhaps team members should be prepared for him to occasionally grab a stick and join the fray during practice.

Mainland Regional Athletic Director Mike Gatley announced Monday, Oct. 1 that Major League Lacrosse veteran Dan Groot will be recommended for hire as the program’s head coach for the 2013 spring season. The decision awaits final approval from the Board of Education.

Groot, a 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, has three years of coaching experience as an assistant at the Division III collegiate level. Over the years, he has established himself as a premier player on the field.

Groot was a two-time Division I All-American honoree at Maryland. He’s spent three seasons in Major League Lacrosse and currently competes for the Rochester Rattlers.

Gatley believes Groot brings experience and passion to the Mustangs. The Canandaigua, NY native comes to Mainland from one of the nation’s traditional lacrosse hotbeds.

While at Maryland, Groot captained the 2009 Terrapins squad. He also received the Edwin Powell Award, given to the player who offers the greatest services to the team.

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