February 18, 2010

Bob Hamley Back Behind Mammoth Bench

from press release

DENVER –The Colorado Mammoth announced today the return of Bob Hamley to the coaching staff.  Hamley will serve as an assistant coach under President, General Manager and Head Coach Steve Govett.

“Obviously he’s had great success and knows how to win in this league,” said Govett.  “I have great trust in him and he has an opportunity to contribute to the overall success of our team.  He is comfortable with this franchise and I have every confidence that he will fit in with a seamless transition.”

Hamley brings years of valuable experience to Colorado, having served as head coach and general manager of the Arizona Sting and Edmonton Rush.  Hamley amassed a 46-42 career record as a head coach in the NLL and guided the Sting to the Champion’s Cup final in 2005 and 2007.

“The NLL is a tough grind.  Every night is another quality opponent that can't be taken for granted,” said Hamley.  “Hopefully my experience will help our young guys improve and succeed in the second half.”

Following the 2005 campaign, Hamley received the Les Bartley NLL Coach of the Year Award.  Just one day later, he was named the league’s general manager of the year, becoming the first person in league history to win both awards.

Hamley is no stranger to the Mammoth organization.  He was an assistant under former head coach Bob McMahon during the 2008 season, having initially joined the Mammoth following the Arizona Sting’s suspension of operations. The Mammoth began that season 5-1 with Hamley behind the bench, but his tenure in Colorado was cut short when he accepted the head coach and general manager position with Edmonton.

“The chance to work with the Mammoth again is exciting to say the least,” continued Hamley.  “Denver is a fantastic city with incredible fans that expect the best from their teams.  I look forward to helping the Mammoth [from today on].”

A two-time NLL champion as a player, Hamley joins the team this weekend as Colorado plays at Minnesota Saturday. 

“He’s a very upbeat and emotional coach,” said Mammoth defenseman and assistant captain Bruce Murray, who played for Hamley in Arizona. “He gets guys fired up to play.  He is good at dealing with the players and helping them know what he expects of them.  He’s a good cheerleader for you when you are doing well, but he is willing to let you know where you need to improve also, so it’s a good balance with him.  I was excited to hear he was coming on board.”

The next home game for the Mammoth is Saturday, February 27 at Pepsi Center.  It’s Wild West Night as the Mammoth again faces the Swarm.  Tickets are on sale now.

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