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Former Hopkins star Greenberg named Israel Lacrosse assistant coach

At 2014 FIL World Championship, he'll oversee defense for national team, which recently finished its debut campaign in international competition

The Baltimore Sun

3:18 PM EST, November 23, 2012

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The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that former Johns Hopkins All-American Mark Greenberg will serve as defensive assistant coach of the Israel national team that will compete in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s World Championship.

The championship will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., from July 10-19, 2014.

“Adding a second Hall of Fame resume to our coaching staff really strengthens what we’re trying to achieve,” said Israel Lacrosse general manager Howard Borkan. “Mark commands the respect of our players. His experience and his knowledge of the game really speaks for itself.”

Greenberg, who served as an assistant coach for Israel’s entry in the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships, joins head coach Bill Beroza and offensive assistant coach Jeff Goldberg on the staff for the world championship.

"Mark is a perfect fit for us,” said Beroza, who won gold as Greenberg’s teammate with USA in 1982. “He’s one of the greatest defensive minds in the sport, and he has an extremely strong passion and commitment to the state of Israel.”

Greenberg, a 1998 inductee of the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, helped guide Johns Hopkins to perhaps the finest four-year period in school history as the school posted a staggering 51-4 record during his career, winning three consecutive NCAA titles from 1978 to 1980. A four-time All-American, Greenberg earned the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defenseman in 1979 and 1980. In addition, he was named the 1979 recipient of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, presented annually to the top player in the nation. Greenberg garnered All-World honors in helping the United States win gold at the 1982 World Championship.

Israel’s men’s national team, comprising both Israeli residents and Jewish players from abroad, recently completed its debut campaign in international competition with a perfect 4-0 record in pool play at the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships, going on to finish eighth overall. Including exhibition matches, Israel was 7-5, with wins over No. 9 Ireland and No. 11 Wales. Israel also fielded men’s and women’s festival teams, which were both victorious in the EC12 Festival, a tournament featuring club teams from across the world.

In addition to the 2014 Men’s World Championship, Israel will field a team in the 2013 Women’s World Cup. Information regarding the tryout process for both the men’s and women’s national teams will be announced in the near future.