Dan started as Wales Head Coach in 2011, bringing in top coaches Martin Jackson and Rick Summers with a mission to mould the national team into a disciplined, cohesive team playing dynamic, entertaining lacrosse.
His progressive approach has seen Wales make great strides forward, identifying and nurturing new talent and boosting playing numbers within the country.
“It is a honour to be Wales Head Coach and I wanted to build on the good work already done to improve both the playing outcomes and the opportunities for Welsh players to perform at the highest level,” says Dan, a former captain and Assistant Coach of the Wales team during his ten-year international career. “The aim has to be to build the game and encourage new players as well as preparing the best possible national squad."
His lacrosse pedigree includes representative honours for English Universities and Wales and he has played at two World Championships and four European Championships,.
His introduction to lacrosse was as a junior at Timperley in the English Northern League where he developed into an effective and stylish defender. He spent a year with Wanneroo Lacrosse Club in Perth, Western Australia, and coached youth teams at both clubs.
Dan moved to London in 2001 to join Hampstead and enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in the Southern Premier League.
His playing career was winding down when he took on the challenge to help form a new club in the south of England and he captained the team to a trophy win in its second season. Epsom, for whom he still plays when he can fit in games around coaching commitments, is now regarded as one of the fastest-growing clubs in the country and is building a solid junior programme.
“Playing the game is obviously my first love but I get immense satisfaction in helping others grow and become better players and developing teams,” he adds. “Coaching for me is about noticing what is right, more than what is wrong, and promoting that. Getting a squad to gel together is incredibly rewarding. It takes huge amounts of effort from the players and the support staff and taking Wales to the World Championships will be a triumph of hard-work and organisation from a lot of people who the playing staff are indebted to.
“We are bringing a talented team to Denver and we intend to play a go-forward style of lacrosse played with great fight and spirit which will entertain the fans. That is built by massive sacrifices and commitment from the players and I really appreciate their efforts.”
Dan, 38, who is married with a young daughter, lives in Essex and works in banking.