October 15, 2013

Best Of Lacrosse - Men's Coach of the Year Finalists

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

The leaders of men('s lacrosse teams), this group put together great seasons - deploying their resources to lead groups to records, championships and headlines.

Do you go for the coach who did the most with the least? The wily veteran team? Or is the championship the only thing that matters in this race?

Make your decision and let your friends know the score by tweeting your call to #bestoflax and keep the votes coming. View the complete Best of Lacrosse vote here.


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Best Men's Coach Finalists

Paul Canatabene, Stevenson University

The CaptainU Division III Coach of the Year has been steadily building the Mustangs into the elite of its class since taking over the program nine years ago, winning 137 games against just 37 losses. But it wasn't until May 26 and a 16-14 win over RIT that Cantabene could consider the job done, as the school took its first NCAA championship after a school-record 22 wins and 11 All-American selections.

Dave Cottle, Chesapeake Bayhawks

He lost the MLL Coach of the Year nod to Denver's Jim Stagnitta, but raised the Steinfeld Trophy in the end after guiding a veteran Bayhawks team to its fifth league championship. It was the second in a row under Cottle, who also served as a consultant for the Bayhawks when they won the title in 2010. After a loss to Charlotte in late June left the team at 4-4, Cottle and the Bayhawks ripped off eight straight wins to close out the year and take home the title.

John Danowski, Duke University

A second national championship in a seven-year tenure that has seen his Blue Devils in the NCAA semifinals each spring helped Danowski secure a contract extension through 2018 this summer. Danowski, with his affable demeanor, has won more than 80 percent of his games since taking over at Duke in the wake of the 2005 scandal.

John Desko, Syracuse University

The winner of five NCAA titles in his distinguished span with the Orange, Desko guided Syracuse to another NCAA final after a 16-2 season, falling to Duke in the NCAA final. Starting ranked No. 13 in the USILA coaches' poll in 2013, the Orange stumbled out of the gate with a loss to Albany but recovered to win 16 of its next 18 games, to make the final as the No. 1 seed.

Jim Stagnitta, Denver Outlaws

Thought they suffered heartbreak in the MLL playoffs once again, Stagnitta's Outlaws did something that no Major League Lacrosse team has ever done before — finish a regular season undefeated. Along the way, the team set league records for wins and winning streak that will be tough to challenge.

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