The Israel Lacrosse Association named Max Silberlicht ’10 head coach of the Israel men’s national team. The former Statesman goalkeeper most recently served as the head coach for Latvia at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Netanya, Israel.
“I am beyond excited to be the next head coach of the Israel National Field Lacrosse Team,” Silberlicht said in the ILA’s release. “I must first thank the leadership of the Israel Lacrosse Association for this opportunity. I must also thank the Latvian Lakross Federation and all the people, coaches and players that worked with me during my tenure with Latvia. Without them, I would not be prepared to lead the Israeli Team going forward.”
Silberlicht’s first task with Team Israel will be preparing the program for the 2020 European Championships in Wroclaw, Poland and then guiding the team to the 2022 FIL World Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Israelis earned a silver medal at the 2016 European Championships and finished seventh at the 2018 FIL World Championships.
As head coach of the Team Latvia, Silberlicht guided the program through its first appearance in the FIL World Championships this past summer, finishing 18th.
With the Statesmen, Silberlicht played in 50 career games, posting a 9.24 goals against average, 553 saves, a .576 save percentage, and an 18-27 record. His GAA is a Hobart Division I career record, while his win total, save total and save percentage are second. Silberlicht broke the Statesmen DI mark for GAA in a season with an 8.05 in 2008 and lowered the standard to 7.91 in 2009. Following his senior season, he was named a second team ECAC All-Star and a USILA Scholar All-American.
In addition to his coaching experience on the international stage, Silberlicht works full time as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Boston University. He previously coached at Bowdoin College and the University of Lynchburg.
Silberlicht may have the opportunity to coach his brother, Jake ’13. The younger Silberlicht was team captain for Team Israel at the World Championships last year.