Dan Stroup enters his third season on the Washington Stealth coaching staff. After spending 13 years as a player in the National Lacrosse League, Stroup was enshrined in the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in 2010. The 2010 Stealth season marked the fifth time he hoisted the Champion’s Cup, but his first as a coach. He will continue his role as the offensive coordinator for the Stealth in 2011.
In Stroup’s 13-year NLL career, he appeared in 182 regular season games, accumulating 294 goals and 235 assists for 529 career points. Known to have his best moments when it mattered most, Stroup tallied 30 goals and 13 assists for 43 points in 14 career playoff games and scored five goals en route to the Champion’s Cup MVP nod with the Toronto Rock in 2000. Stroup put his stamp on the NLL while playing for in Toronto, winning three Champion’s Cups and playing a major role on the Rock’s offense. He scored a career-high 37 goals in Toronto in his final season with the team in ‘02.
From there Stroup packed his pro bags and made the move West, suiting up for his hometown Vancouver Ravens as the league expanded, playing two years in the city previous to the Ravens shutting down operations. He set a career-high with 70 points on 34 goals and 36 assists with the team in 2003.
Stroup would win another NLL title in ‘06 with the Colorado Mammoth before playing two seasons with the Edmonton Rush and then of course last year with the Lumberjax where he fit into 14 games with the franchise.
During his legendary career, Stroup posted over 300 career regular season and playoff goals combined, nine times topping the 20-goal mark during his 13 seasons in the league.
The 40-year-old Stroup, who left the Western Lacrosse Association and competitive Senior ‘A’ lacrosse in Canada in 2007 after a short comeback, also grabbed a Mann Cup title in 2001 with the Coquitlam Adanacs.
Stroup played and won gold with Canada’s inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championship team when the Canadians beat the Iroquois Nationals 21-4 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario in the tournament’s championship game.