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Rick Lum enters his third season with the Washington Stealth as an assistant coach. He brings 37 years of experience as a player, coach and official to the position. Lum appeared in five Champion’s Cup Final games as a referee and in his first season on an NLL bench in 2010, he earned the right to raise the Cup as a coach.
NLL fans will recognize Lum as one of the most decorated officials in the league’s history. During his nine-year tenure, which ended in 2009, Lum refereed five NLL Championship games, two All-Star games and one international game between the United States and Canada. In 30 years as an official for the Canadian Box Lacrosse Association, Lum appeared in eight Minto Cups and seven Mann Cups. In 1996, he was named the British Columbia Lacrosse Officials Association Referee of the Year.
Lum began his coaching career in 1998 and spent two seasons in the Coquitlam Adanacs minor lacrosse association. After a nearly ten year hiatus from being behind the bench, Lum returned to the coaching ranks with the Adanacs Junior A squad in 2007. In three years, the team won two league titles and appeared in the 2009 Minto Cup with a 20-1 record. In 2010, he moved on from coaching to become the commissioner of the British Columbia Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League.
Lum was appointed the Team USA liaison for the 2010 Olympics.