Lacrosse Hall of Famer John Grant Jr. has signed with the Redwoods as an Assistant Coach. Tommy Burch breaks down the signing and why Grant will be a great asset for the Woods.
John Grant Jr. – New Redwoods Assistant Coach
As the championship series comes closer, rosters have been changing day by day. With roster rotations and coaching positions constantly shifting, there have been some openings in some important positions.
The Redwoods found a filler for one of these holes and a very experienced one at that. John Grant Jr., a Lacrosse Hall of Fame player, has joined their staff as an assistant coach. His years of work in the MLL and NLL will be a great influence on the players and should be a welcome addition to the Premier Lacrosse League.
A Look Back – Grant Jr.’s Playing Career
John Grant Jr. may be hitting the news as a coach, but his playing career is storied and accomplished. After an impressive start to his career in Delaware, he was drafted 1st overall into the NLL by the Rochester Knighthawks. He also played for the Rochester Rattlers NLL team at the beginning of his career, and with both teams, he scored almost 1100 total professional points in his first 186 games, averaging almost 6 points per game from 2000 to 2008.
His career in both the MLL and NLL spanned from 2000 to 2020, where he had four 100-point seasons and won accolade after accolade. He won the Lt. Raymond Enners award in his 1999 NCAA Lacrosse season and never looked back. He won the Major Series Lacrosse MVP in 2000 and the Mike Kelley Memorial Trophy in 2004 and 2007. However, his most impressive trophies are his NLL and MLL MVPs, of which he has 4.
John Grant Jr. was inducted into the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2010 for his college accomplishments and was inducted into the Professional Lacrosse Hall of Fame in June of this year. He has the resume to coach up the kids, but the question is, how will he be impactful?
How He Can Help
The Redwoods did not perform up to expectations this past season, ranking 6th in the league with a 4-6 record. More importantly, their offense was lackluster, ranking second to last in one-point goals and shooting percentage and tied for last in assists.
This is well within John Grant Jr.’s range, as he was an elite offensive threat throughout his playing career. His combined 1022 goals and 990 assists over his 20-year playing career give the Woods great levels of experience from one of the elite dual threats in Lacrosse history.
What surprised us about the Redwoods was how their offense was not fully executed with how much talent the roster holds. With big names like Ryder Garnsey, Rob Panell, Jules Heninburg, and Myles Jones, just to name a few, they should be one of the best offensive teams in the league by far. With the help of John Grant Jr., they may be in the perfect position to come into next season a completely new and improved squadron.