What They're Saying About Jim Veltman & Dan Ladouceur


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What They’re Saying About Jim Veltman & Dan Ladouceur

Ed Comeau, Head Coach of the Georgia Swarm

“Jim Veltman was as great leader as a player. He was a student of the game and was always thinking two steps ahead. He had a close relationship with Les Bartley and will take the lessons he learned with him into his new role as GM.”

“Dan put in the same hard work as a coach that he did as a solid player in our league. His leadership skills and work ethic will help him lead New York, and I know the players and staff will love working with him.”


Shayne Jackson, Forward for the Georgia Swarm and 2020 NLL MVP

“To lose Laddy is a tough pill to swallow. He was my coach in junior and in the NLL for four years. He’s a great coach but an even better person. The Riptide are very lucky to have someone like Laddy as their next head coach.”


Patrick Merrill, Head Coach & General Manager of the San Diego Seals

“I was very lucky to have had Jim and Dan as teammates. They are quality people and great leaders. They are two of the most respected and knowledgable people in the game and I’m sure they will do an outstanding job for the Riptide in New York.”


Glenn Clark, Head Coach & General Manager of the New England Black Wolves

“Dan has the professionalism, skill and demeanor that will fit in nicely with Rich’s vision of the Riptide. He has put his time in as an assistant coach and really grown in his craft.  Time spend working with Eddie Comeau has Dan ready to make the move into a head coaching position.”

“Jimmy has had success at every level of sport.  He was a leader as a player and a coach.  This will be another challenge that he will embrace.  I have no doubt he will find success as a GM as well.”


Derek Keenan, Head Coach & General Manager of the Saskatchewan Rush

“They are both part of the incredible legacy of Les Bartley. They are both quality guys, quality people who work extremely hard. They have exceptionally solid lacrosse minds. We had a saying in our Toronto days – ‘Fail to prepare and prepare to fail.’ They will both take that into these new roles and do well with it. Success will not happen overnight. Working with an expansion franchise is a challenging hill to climb. Jimmy has a great ability to think outside the box and is an excellent evaluator of talent. Laddy is a great communicator and will prepare his team for every challenge. I wish them all the best.”
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