Editor’s Note: A little while back we asked the fans of Lacrosse All Stars network and Thailand lacrosse to e-mail us any question you have for our President/Founder: Prantarit (Payu) Nerngchamnong. After one week, we received over 50 e-mails (and they kept coming!) so Payu told us to keep it open to the fans for a month, and from there he will choose the questions that he’ll answer here on our blog. So finally, after reading through all the e-mails which he will answer whether or not it get chosen for here ( just give the man sometime, he got a lot on his plate after all). So here is the second installment of the interview, take it away Payu:
Q: What is your favorite Thailand Uniform? George L. – Seattle, Washington
Payu: I would say the first uniform we wore back in 2010, just because of the significant behind it. The recent uniforms by Pro Athletics are great as well, it’s very hard to be choose between those three. I spend a lot of time on these uniforms because of what it stood for, as we are the representative of Thailand to the lacrosse community. Having wearing the uniform that bears the United States flag through out my lacrosse career, it gave me chills every time when I see a Thai flag on our uniforms.
Q: What do you like to do besides lacrosse? Jeannie T. – Denver, Colorado
Payu: I like to cook a lot, it relax me. I learned it back when I was living in New York, and it became one of my hobby. Driving and racing is also another hobby of mine, which I haven’t had a chance to in a while. I hope to get back to it once everything is running like clock-work with Thailand lacrosse. So for now, just my company Enigma Apparel sponsor the local pro racing teams which have been extremely good exposure for us in the motorsport divison. Racing like lacrosse is a big part of my life, so I will always be doing something relating to it.
Q: Why does your program received a special treatment from Lacrosse All Stars? Dave H. - Richmond, Virginia
Payu: Have Lacrosse All Stars been great to us? Yes they have been. Do they only favoring us? I don’t think so. If you go on LAS main page and all through out the network, you’ll see that Jeff (Brunelle) and Connor (Wilson) as well as other LAS staffers does exactly the opposite of what you said they’re doing. These guys, have covered and written about Growing the Game in all corners of continental United States, as around the world. What other lacrosse blog does that? or rival what they do, yet they claimed them self to be the “source of all things lacrosse” when the most important part of it is the Development. LAS even created an award to recognized the unsung heroes of lacrosse development.
Having said that, TLA and LAS relationship had started back when we were relatively unknown program, and no one wanted to cover what we’re trying to do on this part of the world (Remember, to this day there are those who still choose to ignored us). We have formed a friendship first through the love of the game, which became a partnership we have today. They believe in what we do, and genuine in their supports to us just as they would for anyone else. So I appreciate their supports, and what they have done for us and the game.
Q: You seem to have a strong relationship with the FIL, what’s you secret? Kristy G. – Tampa, Florida
Payu: I believe my relationship with the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse, the world governing body of lacrosse) is the same as every other member nations in the FIL. I don’t believe we received any special treatment from them as it is their mission to spread the game throughout the whole world. The FIL however recognized the efforts we put in not just Thailand, but what I’m trying to do for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. So they offered the assistance to me where it is needed, as I move toward with the development efforts. I can not speak for other countries, but I know you can not just sit there and say “help me, help me”. One need to make and effort to move their program forward as much as they can, rather than expect the FIL to do everything for them. It is very sensitive issue as lacrosse is still a young global sport, but it’s really come down to the leadership of each respective programs. Whether or not they demonstrated to the FIL that they’ve shown initiative, and progress in building the sport up in their countries.
Q: What else do you have planned for Thailand Lacrosse before Denver 2014? Kennett C. – Washington D.C.
Payu: There are a few events we are working on, but mostly we’re building toward being able to play an 80 minutes game once a day for over a course of a week long tournament. So we’ll be attending the ASPAC 2013 tournament next year in China, on top of our four teams tournament later this year in Bangkok. The women’s program will be heading to their version of the World Game (FIL Women’s World Cup) in Canada next year.
Q: Who’s the best lacrosse coach you played for? Eric T. – Columbus, Ohio
Payu: There were two actually that really stood out to me: Larry Kilroy, and Chris Sanderson. Mr. Kilroy was my Varsity coach back at Eaglebrook in Massachusetts. He was a Naval academy guy, and had the “Tom Landry” (of the Cowboys) looks to him as well as how he carried him self on the sideline. He was firm but fair, and he started me in every game in 9th grade. Despite the fact that I was not the ideal starter to others, as I was the smallest one there on the team. He taught me a lot, during my four years at Eaglebrook. But more importantly, he was the one who help convinced my parents back in the 6th grade to let me play the game.
Chris Sanderson was not my official coach, but his brother Dustin was on my Suffield Academy Varsity team with me. Chris offered to come helped the team out, and went to florida with us for pre-season training. I encountered a lot of adversaries on and off the field that at one point I wanted to give up the game all together. Chris gave me the pushed I needed to keep at it with the game, and not giving up. Just as he did later when he was diagnosed with Cancer, yet he skipped his chemo treatment to play for Team Canada at the World game in Manchester one last time. He’ll always be remembered as a great player, a great coach and most of all a great human being.
Editor’s note: The Thai team is wear a Maple leaf decal with “CS17″ on their helmets, and dedicate the season to Chris as a tribute to him.
To be continue on Part 3…