August 6, 2009

NLL: Swarm Hires Lines as New Head Coach

from press release

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Minnesota Swarm have announced the hiring of Mike Lines to fill the vacant Head Coaching position for the upcoming 2010 season. Lines, 38, spent the last three seasons with the Swarm as an Assistant Coach under former Head Coach Duane Jacobs who resigned earlier this off-season.

"Mike's a familiar face in our organization, so he was a real popular choice with our players and myself. The Arlotta's really felt that Mike was a big part of the good things that were going on last year, and we all felt that Mike was ready for this challenge," stated General Manager Marty O'Neill.

The  St. Catharines, Ont. native will take over a Swarm team that went 6-10 last season despite making the playoffs the previous three seasons. "He has a real connection with the players and they really stepped up and voiced their opinion and said we would like to see him as the Head Coach," noted O'Neill. "We wanted to keep the positive feeling that we had in the past with Mike and try to build off that moving forward."

Lines, before joining the Swarm spent three years coaching the Ontario Lacrosse Association's (OLA) Niagara Thunderhawks Junior 'B' team. During that time, he served as the General Manager for a season and was named the league's "Coach of the Year" in 2006.

"It's exciting. I'm really looking forward to getting the season started. It's going to be good," stated Lines on being named the new Head Coach. "We don't have a lot to change actually. We're just going to try to bring in a little more size and a little more speed defensively and work to be more consistent on offense. We'll be better next year."

Lines has also served as a scout for the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Buffalo Bandits in 2005. His lacrosse playing background includes playing in the WLA, OLA and winning multiple provincial "A" championships and two Minto Cups during his minor lacrosse career in St. Catharines. 

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