Bill Daye Steps Down as Boston Cannons Head Coach
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Cannons coach Bill Daye was doused with water after Boston won its first MLL title in August. He's decided to step away from coaching to spend more time with his family.
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BOSTON -- The Boston Cannons announced Wednesday morning that Bill Daye will be stepping down as the team's head coach. Daye has been head coach for six seasons, beginning in 2006, and led the franchise to its first Major League Lacrosse championship in 2011.
"This was obviously a very difficult decision, however it was one that was made based on my desire to spend more time with my family, especially with our girls, Adison and Ollie, growing up so quickly," Daye said in a press release. "I would like to thank Matt Dwyer and the ownership group for giving me an opportunity to be part of this great organization for nine years."
Daye joined the Cannons as a player in the MLL's inaugural season in 2001 and was named an MLL All-Star and the Cannons MVP for his performance in goal. After an injury ended his playing career shortly into the 2002 season, Daye returned to the Cannons as an assistant coach in 2005. He was promoted to head coach the following season.
"Billy Daye made his first contribution to the Cannons in 2000 when he convinced me that if we brought professional lacrosse to Boston, we could attract the best players in the world," said Cannons Founding Owner Matt Dwyer. "The former NCAA Champion goalie backed up his claim by becoming our first MLL All-Star in net. What better way to culminate his on-field professional career than by bringing the Steinfeld Trophy to Title Town this season? He will be part of the Boston Cannons forever."
In the locker room after the Cannons won the MLL title over Hamilton in August at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, team leader and league veteran Kyle Sweeney expressed great joy that Daye had finally led the team to a championship.
"There's nobody that cares about this, or does more work in this league, than Billy Daye," Sweeney said then. "I've played for coaches and seen other coaches, for him to finally get this championship ... I ran right over to him and said, 'I told you I'd come back to win. Congratulations, you deserve it.' ... He's tirelessly caring about this team. This is not a full-time job, but he approaches it as if it is. He prepared for it. It's not just a Thursday, Friday, Saturday thing for him. All week, he's watching film. He's cutting up film. He's sending emails. He's watching out other teams tape. He's studying, so he can give it to the guys who do just show up and play Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I'm really happy for him."
Daye also told the team in the locker room after the title game that the 2011 season was the most fun he's had during his time as a player and coach in the league.
"I want to thank the players I've had the privilege of coaching for the past six years," Daye said, "especially the 2011 team, which came together to capture the Cannons' first championship. And I can't forget about the unbelievable fan base we have in Boston. It's truly been a pleasure every year, at each home game, playing in front of the Cannons faithful. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my wife Alison for being my number one supporter for my nine years involved in Major League Lacrosse and allowing me to pursue my dream."
In his six seasons at the helm, Daye amassed a 43-29 record, bringing the Cannons to the post-season four times. In 2010 and 2011, the Cannons ended the regular season with best record in the league, and this past season Daye was the first Cannons coach to be named MLL Coach of the Year.
"On behalf of the Cannons front office and our thousands of Cannons fans, I want to thank Coach Daye for all he has done to support and grow our organization and for bringing us a championship in his final season," said Kevin Barney, Boston Cannons General Manager. "His dedication and commitment to this team will surely be missed."
Until the Cannons name his successor, Daye will remain involved with the team in an advisory capacity, consulting on decisions such as naming the 10- or 12-player protected list, due October 12 in advance of the December MLL Expansion Draft. The Cannons have begun an extensive search to find the next Cannons head coach. Interested applicants should contact General Manager Kevin Barney at firstname.lastname@example.org.