Reese To Be Named New Chesapeake Bayhawks General Manager
Brian Reese, who resigned last week as general manager of Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws, is the new general manager of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, according to a source with direct knowledge of the hire. An official announcement from the team should come Monday or Tuesday.
The Bayhawks have been without a GM since early in the 2011 season, when Spencer Ford left the role. Reese lives in Maryland with his wife, Maryland women's coach Cathy Reese, and three children. He is a volunteer assistant for the Terps' women's team.
Reese resigned from the Outlaws, citing personal and family reasons. He was the only general manager in the history of the Denver franchise that began play for the 2006 season. He also served as Denver's head coach from the fifth game of the 2007 season to 2010, but stepped down from that position after the '10 season.
Denver has made the MLL postseason in every year of the franchise's existence, but has failed to win a title.
Reese joins a Bayhawks front office that includes owner-coach Brendan Kelly and president and former Maryland and Loyola coach Dave Cottle. The team went 6-7 last year and lost to the top-seeded and eventual champion Boston Cannons in the league semifinal round in August.
Reese, a Maryland alum, has been part of the league since its inception. He played five MLL seasons from 2001-05 as a defenseman, and played for the Bayhawks franchise. He also played in the National Lacrosse League from 1998-05.
As a GM, he's has been known for finding value in later picks of the annual MLL collegiate draft, such as perennial MLL goaltender of the year candidate Jesse Schwartzman (fourth round, 2007), midfielder Mike Ward (third round, 2008) and Chapman product Connor Martin ("Con Bro Chill") in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.