Program Director Brad Gillies is a current member of the Halifax Thunderbirds in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Brad was previously a member of the Rochester Knighthawks for four seasons and director of Junior Knighthawks, the youth lacrosse affiliate of the NLL team. Brad founded Roots with the mission to bring authentic box lacrosse to the Rochester area. Tired of seeing field lacrosse being played inside box rinks, he wanted to utilize his expertise to teach kids the true fundamentals of box so they could reap the benefits it has to offer. Brad grew up in Oakville, Ontario, playing primarily box lacrosse. Collegiately, he attended RIT where he excelled on both sides of the field. Since being drafted by the Knighthawks in 2015, Brad has made Rochester his home and worked to bring real box programs to Rochester youth.



  • Current Member of Halifax Thunderbirds of National Lacrosse League

  • 4 Years with Rochester Knighthawks

  • 2009 and 2012 Minto Cup Champion (Canadian Jr. A National Championship)

  • 2013 NCAA Championship Finalist, RIT’s first ever National Championship Appearance

  • 2014, 2015 NCAA Semi Finalist

  • 2015 USILA All-American

  • 2015 USILA North/South Senior All Star

  • 2015 led all NCAA midfielders in assists with 42

  • 2015 First Round 9th Overall Draft Pick to Rochester Knigththawks

  • 2018 NLL Championship Finalist