Part I - Living Life with No Regrets - #15 Devan Spilker, Limestone Saints

Charlotte Hounds MLL
It’s rare when a player in any sport gets the chance to turn pro after the age of 30.  By that time, many are thinking retirement.   

Meet Devan Spilker!  He`s now 31 and on the last weekend of March, he goes to training camp with the Charlotte Hounds, an expansion team in Major League Lacrosse.   

Devan was drafted in the later rounds by his old college coach Mike Cerino, the first ever Hounds Head Coach.  The two know each other well.  Cerino recruited Spilker when he was Head Coach of the Limestone College Saints.  Together they won the DII National Championship in 2000.  Limestone is one of the smallest schools ever to win an NCAA title.

Shoulda – coulda – woulda

Devan and Brendan Spilker - Limestone Hall of Fame
Words you`ll never find in Devan Spilker`s dictionary of life.  As he graduated from high school there was no doubt in his mind that he would go to college and would play lacrosse with the big brother he idolized. Coach Cerino put the pieces together and Devan joined brother Brendan at Limestone.  

In 2000, #15 was one of only two freshmen to achieve starting positions with a stacked Saints team and they won it all.  It was the first national championship in Saints history in any sport, an honour recognized last year when the entire team was inducted into the Limestone Athletics Hall of Fame.

High level of achievement

Throughout his college career, Spilker lived the Saints team motto;

``if you couldn`t play tomorrow, how hard would you play today``

  • 2000 - National Champions DII Men`s Lacrosse
    • Deep South Conference Rookie of the Year
    • Deep South All-Conference Team - Attack
  • 2001 – National Championship runner up
    • Deep South All-Conference Team - Attack
  • 2002 – National Champions DII Men`s Lacrosse
    • Championship Game Outstanding Player Award
    • Championship Tournament All Star
    • 2nd Team All American - Attack
    • Deep South All-Conference Team - Attack
  • 2003 – National Championship runner up
    • 1st Team All American - Attack
    • Championship Tournament All Star
    • Deep South All-Conference Team – Attack
    • Selected to play in the North South Senior College All Star Game
    • Drafted by the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League
    • Finished college career as the Limestone Saints all-time leader in total points and assists
    • Finished second all-time in goals
Nine years later, those Limestone Lacrosse scoring records still stand.  And, nine years later, Devan Spilker heads to his first pro training camp with the Charlotte Hounds of the Major Lacrosse League.

A regular guy with a passion for winning 

Devan is happiest when he's with his wife Katie; medium rare steak, baked potato, salad and a cold Coors Light, maybe the hot tub or a movie.  They love to hang with friends and family.  They both have careers.  Sounds like the good life!  Several times a year they travel from their Baltimore Maryland home to Portland Oregon where Katie was born and raised.  Devan is a Mortgage Broker who loves to see the smile on his clients` faces when he`s been able to finalize the financing on a first home.  

2002 Championship Game MVP
If he could, he`d become a full time lacrosse coach.  But that`s way off in the future, if at all.  The immediate challenge is to make the roster of the Charlotte Hounds.  Spilker has the soft hands, vision and drive of a major offensive player.  For him, it`s all about the team and winning!  

He played his first field lacrosse game at age of five in Glen Burnie Maryland.  Devan remembers getting knocked on his butt and then chasing the kid all game until he got him back.

Since being drafted by the Hounds, a personal trainer has been kicking his butt to get him physically ready for the pros.  25 pounds of fat has been replaced by 10 pounds of muscle.  The speed is still there, along with the hands and that burning desire to win.    

When you play pro lacrosse you are a weekend warrior.  There's no NFL-like money in the fastest game on two feet.  If he makes it, maybe Devan should change his jersey number from #15 to #31 to celebrate the age he turned pro.