The seventeenth installment of Legends of the Game is from the “Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993, put together by the Committee of OLA Jr. “A” governors, and the Georgia Swarm Website.
From the ’93 Legends magazine…
Sean Ferris has played Box Lacrosse at Minor with Scarborough Saints, Toronto Beaches, Burlington Chiefs, Niagara-On-The-Lake Warriors and the Zone 9 Elite Team; Junior with the Bay Area Bengals; Senior with the Fergus Thistles and Pro with the Buffalo Renegades as well as Field Lacrosse at High School, University and Club team levels.
Ferris is a defensive player who is skilled on man down as well as loose-ball teams. He has been a member 2 times of The Presidents Cup Canadian Champion Fergus Thistles and has been selected to the Canadian Championship All-star team.
Sean is giving back to the game and has been active in coaching Box Lacrosse with the Burlington Hawks Intermediates, Burlington Chiefs Junior “A” and “B” teams we well as working clinics for minor lacrosse players in the Burlington and Hamilton area. Ferris also coaches the McMaster University Field Lacrosse team.
Sean Ferris is a vital member of our lacrosse com munity. He richly deserves to be acknowledged as a Legend of Our Game for his contributions.
From the Georgia Swarm Website from August 31st, 2015…
Ferris has worked alongside Comeau for over a decade in the NLL, which includes time together with the Toronto Rock, Rochester Knighthawks, New York/Orlando Titans and most recently the Colorado Mammoth. As one of Comeau’s assistants in Rochester in 2007, Ferris helped lead the Knighthawks to the Champion’s Cup title. In total, the Burlington, Ontario native has spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach in the NLL and was the head scout of the Toronto Rock (1999-2004) for six seasons, where he was a member of four Champion’s Cup titles. In his new role with the Swarm, Ferris will focus on coaching Georgia’s defensive unit.
“I’ve worked with Sean for a number of years, and we know how each other works,” Swarm head coach Ed Comeau said. “Sean is one of the hardest working guys in the NLL; he works tirelessly when it comes to planning, prepping and reviewing. It takes that kind of work ethic to be successful in this league and it’s important to have people putting in this kind of time to help the team be successful.”
“We’re really excited to have Sean join the Swarm franchise,” Swarm Owner and General Manager John Arlotta said. “He’s worked with coach Comeau for many years and we have admired Sean from afar when we have competed against him over the years. It’s great to have him on our side.”
As a side note, Ferris won his 6th championship in 2017 when the Georgia Swarm beat the Saskatchewan Rush.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.