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Canadian Lacrosse Association  – OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is pleased to announce that James Buhlman has been hired as Program Coordinator.

A passionate coach and educator, James’ journey in amateur sport has taken him across Canada and around the world.

His most recent role was overseas with Raysports, a leading sports consultancy and education company based in China, where he served as the Director of Basketball Operations. In that role, he facilitated coaching clinics and education session for physical education teachers, while also helping develop the sport curriculum.

Prior to that, James was the Technical Director of Athletics PEI, based out of the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic in Charlottetown, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the organization, while also helping develop the varsity track and field programs at the University of Price Edward Island and Holland College.

An NCCP certified coach and learning facilitator in track and field, he has held a variety of coaching jobs at all levels of the sport. He was head coach of the cross country running teams at both Seneca College and Sheridan College, a provincial team coach for both BC Athletics and Athletics PEI, as well as the program director and head coach of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club.

In addition to track and field, James also served as the head basketball coach at Redeemer University College. He has also held several teaching jobs in physical education at private schools in Ontario and British Columbia.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, James attended Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, where he was a member of both the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Physical Education.

In his new role, he will be tasked with administering and delivering programs, events and projects that foster increased national development in the sport of lacrosse. These programs and projects include, but are not limited to, the areas of athlete development, coach development, and officials development.

Please join us in welcoming James to the CLA office and to our greater lacrosse community. He can be reached by email ( or phone (613-260-2028 x301).

About the Canadian Lacrosse Association 

Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, NormaTec Recovery Systems, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact: 

Alain Brouillette

Communications and Marketing Coordinator 
Canadian Lacrosse Association 
Phone: 613-260-2028 ext. 302