With the season just around the corner, the Park City Miners welcome Andy Langendorf as their new Head Coach. Langendorf steps in for the former head coach Rich Levi. Levi decided to step down due to personal time constraints. Langendorf was the Assistant Coach for Levi and brings some serious credentials with him.
Langendorf grew up in Canada, where young players play box lacrosse. Once they are old enough, they switch to the field lacrosse. Field lacrosse is still growing in Canada, so Langendorf kept his focus on box. From there he helped start the field lacrosse program at John Abbott College. He then was recruited to help coach the Montreal Express, a National Lacrosse League team.
Langendorf has been coaching for 14 years, half in Canada, and the other half in the Park City area. When he moved to Utah in 2005, he started coaching at Oakley. After three seasons there, he moved to Park City Lacrosse.
While coaching under Levi, Langendorf found a good balance between structured and loose coaching style. Levi had a very structured coaching style, while Langendorf is flexible and conceptual based. Langendorf mentioned how he feels that his team is ready to move towards a more flexible, conceptual type of play.
“The main reason for this change is that if a team is highly structured in its style, they are very predictable….which meant we were easy to prepare for. Basically we will be a run and gun style team built on solid lacrosse concepts of fast ball movement,” Langendorf added.
Langendorf acknowledged that they will have goals scored against them with this style of play, but he feels that with the team he has now, this will be the best path for them. He is going to achieved this by increasing the team’s lacrosse IQ.
“Good teams are able to adapt on the fly and you need a high lacrosse IQ to do that well,” said Langendorf.
Park City will be playing plenty of good teams this year where this strategy will be tested. They are in Division I in the Salt Lake Conference with Brighton, Olympus, Skyline, and Judge. Langendorf pointed out that he is especially excited to play Judge.
“Personally I look forward to our game against Judge, mainly due to the fact I have so much respect for that program and coaching staff. Judge is a solid benchmark for excellence,” Langendorf said.
The Miners start off their season by heading down to Vegas for the Best of the West Tournament. They come home and start their season in full speed with Riverton, Bingham and Jordan.
Langendorf concluded, “Most importantly, we want to have fun while being competitive…win or lose. Park city will be a fast paced team this season.”