Head Coach Barry Powless will lead the League’s newest team, the Rochester Knighthawks, into battle this season, and he could prove to be the most important part of the equation in Rochester.
Rest assured, Powless can handle the lirnelight, especially after making his big screen debut a few years ago when “LAST OF THE MOHICANS” came out. While working for the Onondaga Nations School as a consultant for their Native American program, and coaching lacrosse at LaFayette High School, Powless was asked to help find some people to help fill a lacrosse scene in the movie. Once the casting director met with Powless, she sensed that he might be a great addition to the cast and asked him to tryout for part. Powless cordially agreed and as he puts it, ‘the next thing you know, I was in Hollywood!”
When movies try to recreate the past, the props, and wardrobe used attempt to be as authentic as possible. As Powless found out, that also included how the actors looked “My most exciting moment in the movie was the first one when I got my hair cut off…we had a saying around the set that anyone new who came in got whitewalls, just like the tires.” (A reference to the Mohawks the Native Americans wore proudly.) “Another memorable scene was when I was chosen to drag off Madeleine Stowe and burn her (the wicked one) at the stake. This was one of the
scenes in the movie where I was the focus of the film.” Even though the lacrosse scene was very short, Powless remarked that “…it helped lend authenticity to the movie.”
With lacrosse being the national game of the Native Americans, the inventors of the sport, the brief clip in the movie was great national exposure. “With many different Native American players making the different teams in the MILL… I am very happy to see the presence of these players in the League. It gives validity to the game and gives our youth in all the nations something to shoot for. Hopefully, one day when they grow up, they can make a living at the sport and expand the League from its current status.” With Powless as a pioneer and leader for the professional lacrosse player, both as a player and coach, the League and the Native Americans have a bright future ahead of them.