Ian Rubles began his lacrosse career as a teenager playing for the St. Catharines Spartans organization. In 1998 he earned a spot with the St. Catharines’ Junior A Athletics. In 2000, Ian signed with the Victoria Shamrocks, a Senior A team in the Western Lacrosse Association, where he played for three seasons. His time with the Shamrocks led to a career with the National Lacrosse League where he played for the Columbus Landsharks, Toronto Rock, Minnesota Swarm and the Rochester Knighthawks. With the Toronto Rock, Ian played on three championship teams; 2002, 2003, and 2005. Along the way he also represented Canada in a Heritage Cup game.
Ian’s years playing competitive lacrosse paved the way into coaching. He quickly moved up the ladder and in 2013 was named Head Coach of St. Catharines Junior A Athletics, a position he holds today. “Getting involved with DareDevils Lacrosse was an easy decision. The Founders, Walter and Nathan Gatt, are my cousins. The organization has really become a family program; John Gatt is facilitating the conditioning and Dustin Gatt is the Head Instructor. The Daredevil approach is unique in that it stresses fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle; the focus is not only on lacrosse skills but also conditioning. As a coach, what I initially look for in an athlete is their character and fitness level. These two components provide individuals with the tools to become well-rounded athletes. Instilling a strong work-ethic and commitment to a healthy lifestyle will enhance all areas of the athlete’s future, both inside and outside of sports. The goals of Niagara Daredevil Lacrosse are to keep young people active and to develop a strong foundation of skills and values. We inspire and empower our athletes to take what they have learned in sport out into the mainstream of Niagara Region. I very much look forward to the future success of the Daredevils Lacrosse program and the development of our athletes.” – Ian Rubles