June 23, 2009

NLL Notes: Swarm Coach Resigns; Stealth Relocates

from press releases

Colin Doyle set a Stealth franchise record with 111 points and 73 assists this past season. The team will relocate to Everett, Wash., in 2010.

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Swarm General Manager Marty O’Neill today announced that Head Coach Duane Jacobs has resigned from his position as Head Coach with the team. Jacobs was hired as the club’s Head Coach in 2006 and posted a 25-23 record and two playoff appearances in three seasons. He led Minnesota to a 6-10 record in 2009 but the Swarm failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. According to O’Neill, Jacobs’ career as a lawyer, his travel habits, and year round involvement with lacrosse has left him without time to spend with his wife Judy and son Tie.

“I’d like to thank Dewey for three great years of service and growth, “O’Neill said. “I’ve been lucky to have both playing and management experiences with Dewey and I’ll miss working alongside him.”

Jacobs, a Burlington, Ontario native, is also the General Manager of the Six Nations Chiefs in the Major Series Lacrosse League (MSL) in Ontario, and the Head Coach of the Iroquois National Box Lacrosse team. Prior to joining Minnesota, Jacobs served as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bandits. He also spent one season as the head coach of the Six Nations Junior ‘A’ Arrows in 2002.

Jacobs played professional lacrosse for eleven years in the NLL, recording 181 goals and 186 assists in 109 games. He won five Canadian national championships as an amateur before entering the NLL. He was a member of the 1997 Rochester Knighthawks championship team and was named to the NLL All-Pro Second Team four consecutive seasons from 1996-99.

“We will immediately begin looking for a new head coach,” said O’Neill.

Stealth Leaves San Jose for Everett, Wash.

The management of the Stealth franchise have announced that the team is leaving San Jose after six seasons and moving to Everett, Wash. Everett is a suburb of Seattle, and the team will play at the Comcast Arena. The move is effective immediately, and the club will play in Everett starting with the upcoming 2010 season.

The new home arena for the franchise is the Comcast Arena in Everett, Washington, 30 miles north of Seattle. The 8,300-seat arena is also home to the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips. The team's new name will be announced at a formal press conference in Everett next week.

"We are very excited about our move to the Comcast Arena at Everett and to introduce the region to the thrilling and fast-paced sport of professional indoor lacrosse," said Stealth owner Denise Watkins. "It is a wonderful opportunity for the franchise. There is a strong lacrosse community already present in Everett and the greater Seattle area. We look forward to becoming an active partner and helping to continue the growth of lacrosse with local high schools and clubs."

"We are thrilled to welcome the world-class National Lacrosse League and Stealth professional lacrosse to the Puget Sound region," said Kim Bedier, Global Spectrum's General Manager for the Comcast Arena at Everett. "Combine the consistently overwhelming support from our fans for sporting events at the Comcast Arena with one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and we are certain to have a great inaugural season."

The National Lacrosse League is the premier professional league in the sport of lacrosse, and features the world's best lacrosse players. The 2010 season will begin in January, and will mark the league's 24th year of pro indoor lacrosse. NLL games draw an average attendance of more than 10,000 fans per game. Total league attendance has exceeded one million fans for each of the past four seasons. "We're excited about coming to the greater Seattle area and the great State of Washington, where the sport of lacrosse is booming," said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. "We look forward to seeing NLL games played at the Comcast Arena in Everett this upcoming season and beyond."

The team is already accepting deposits on 2010 season tickets. Season tickets start as low as $75 for eight games.

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