The Washington Stealth announced today that third-year transition player and face-off specialist Jamison Koesterer has been placed on the team’s hold out list due to conflicts in his schedule as an assistant coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins University. Defenseman Bob Snider has been activated from the practice roster in Koesterer’s absence, pending league approval.
Koesterer is ranked second in the NLL with 86 face-off wins and has 31 loose balls in five games. He has won over 60% of the draws he’s taken this season. In just two seasons with the Stealth, Koesterer ranks third on the Stealth’s all-time face-off wins list with 351. He went 265 for 446 (59%) from the face-off circle and collected 101 loose balls a year ago.
In the offseason, Koesterer, who was residing in Seattle as the Director of Operations for Walax.com, moved back east to take a position as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Koesterer played for Johns Hopkins for four seasons, winning the NCAA Division I Championship in 2005 and 2007.
"Jamison has been a tremendously valuable asset to the Stealth for the past year and a half distinguishing himself as one of the top faceoff specialists in the NLL,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker. “He is a terrific leader a skilled competitor and a tremendous role model for lacrosse players here in the Northwest. We wish him well as he begins his coaching career and hope that he will be able to rejoin the team at some point later in the season."
Snider moves to the active roster after spending the first five games of the season on the Stealth’s practice squad. He was acquired in the offseason in a trade with the Philadelphia Wings, the team with which he spent his rookie season in 2010. In ten games with the Wings, Snider tallied four assists and 40 loose balls and went 15-for-28 (53%) as the team’s secondary face-off man.
“Our staff and players have full confidence that Bob will come in and perform at a high level,” said Locker. “He’s been outstanding in practice and we don’t think the face-off team will miss a beat out on the floor come game time.”
The change in the Stealth roster will be effective for this weekend’s game against the Colorado Mammoth. The game is scheduled to face-off at 6:00pm PST at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., and can be seen live on the NLL Network at NLL.com.