Frank Nielsen – British Columbia
Frank Nielsen is known as a solid, knowledgeable lacrosse competitor. He had an 11-year stint in the Western Lacrosse Association Sr. A-League, playing for the Coquitlam Adanacs from 1976 – 1984 and the New Westminster Salmonbellies from 1985-1986. He was best recognized by his defense and faceoff abilities, and was made the Alternative Captain for Canada West in the 1980 Nations World Box Championship.
Nielsen moved on to coaching after his playing days and brought the Coquitlam Adanacs to the Mann Cup in 1998 for the first time. He also coached the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs while in the organization. Nielsen shared his deep knowledge of the game as one of the contributing authors of the BCLA Coach Drill Manual for Box Lacrosse.
Nielsen had great success as an international coach of Team Canada, capturing silver medals in 1998 and 2002. He capped those honours off with a gold medal performance at the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship held in London, Ontario. It was Canada’s first gold since 1978.
For these achievements, Nielsen was selected as a finalist for the 2007 Sport BC ‘Coach of the Year’ Award.