ILIndoor.com has learned that veteran Philadelphia Wings defenseman Shawn Nadelen will retire. Nadelen would have been entering his 12th National Lacrosse League season, but his appointment as head field lacrosse coach at Towson University calls for duty that conflicts with an NLL schedule. The 6-foot, 200-pound defender, known for his textbook fundamentals and solid shutdown work, is well-regarded league-wide as one of the best defenders in the game. The Rochester, N.Y., native is decorated well with solid careers in Major League Lacrosse and with Team USA, and his recovery from a blown-out knee 2 games into the 2010 NLL season in time to return to Team USA for the world field championships drew praise and admiration. But it’s long been known his career goal was to become a head coach of a college program. He’s getting that chance at Towson, so he’ll dedicate his energy to “restore the roar” for the Tigers.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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