Next Boston Cannons Coach? A Few Ideas...
So Bill Daye rode off into sunset this week, when he announced he was stepping down as Boston Cannons coach, just over a month after leading the team to its first Major League Lacrosse championship in 11 seasons as a franchise. Daye said he wanted to spend more time with his family and what a nice time to resign – after silencing doubters and exorcising the Cannons' numerous playoff demons.
Now, who will be the Cannons' next coach? Buried in the last sentence of the Cannons press release announcing that Daye was leaving was this sentence: "Interested applicants should contact General Manager Kevin Barney at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Will any of the below drop a note with the subject line "New Coach" to Barney?
Murphy, a longtime Boston assistant coach, finished his ninth year with the Cannons coaching staff this year, and was actually on the coaching staff before Daye. Whether or not Murphy wants to be the head coach is probably the most important question, because he certainly knows his way around the organization, being involved on the field and with draft and trade decisions. He's been the head coach at Bentley College since 1993 and was born and currently lives in Billerica, Mass. And, hey, Barney, the general manager, follows Murphy on Twitter.
The current Denver Outlaws assistant coach and defensive coordinator has been called by some the best coach in the league for designing simple, yet effective defensive schemes that get results. He's entering his second season with Denver, and the Outlaws definitely don't want to see him leave. But could he be swayed to once again be a MLL head coach? Resch was 2006 MLL Coach of the Year when he led the Philadelphia Barrage to the first of their back-to-back league championships.
Resch is currently the athletic director at La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pa., where he's also the defensive coordinator. He's already been traveling to Denver during the summer. Boston is a shorter trip for home games. Plus, he has experience coaching Ryan Boyle and Kyle Sweeney from their days with the Barrage. Then again, maybe Boyle and Sweeney, near the end of their careers could be player-coaches? I wouldn't mind seeing that.
The former University of Denver head coach has ties to the area, being an All-American at Brown in 1989, a former Yale assistant coach (1991-98), and a former player with the then-MILL Boston Blazers. Munro is the currently the CEO of 3d Lacrosse, the company he founded, and works as a college lacrosse analyst for ESPNU.
In June, Munro hired former Cannons player David Jenkins (2001-08) as 3d Lacrosse's Director of Training & New England region, a hire which marked the official opening of the company's office -- in Boston. Munro's speciality is blending field and box practices to create effective offense.
He's been away from the MLL since leaving the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the middle of the 2010 season when owner Brendan Kelly stepped in to take over as coach. Tucker resigned as head coach of the National Lacrosse League's Philadelphia Wings and became head coach of the Archbishop Curley (Md.) boys' team. There may be overlap with the end of the high school season and playoffs with the start of the MLL season, so that may nix this idea completely, but middle and late summers are open.
Tucker was also the coach of the Los Angeles Riptide from 2006-08 and was 2007 Coach of the Year.