June 13, 2011

Original Swarm GM Won't Return in 2012

from press release

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm today announced general manager Marty O'Neill will not return to the team after his current three-year contract concludes in September. O'Neill will be available to the Swarm for consultation, but effective immediately he will be residing in Victoria, BC.

"Marty has been an integral part of the Swarm organization since its inception seven years ago making this is a difficult decision for both sides,” Swarm owner and governor John Arlotta said.  “The organization is indebted to Marty for what he has accomplished from the start up of the team in 2005 through leading the team to five playoff appearances and two home playoff games during his tenure."

O’Neill was named the first-ever general manager of the Swarm on September 14, 2004 after serving in the same role for the Philadelphia Wings from 2001-2004. During his time with the Swarm, O’Neill was named NLL General Manager of the Year in 2007 and 2008.  Prior to joining the Wings front office, he played eight seasons in the NLL as a goaltender and was recognized as one off the top goalies in box and indoor lacrosse. O’Neill spent five years with the Boston Blazers (1993-1997), one season with the Syracuse Smash (1998) and two years with the Buffalo Bandits (1999-2000). He was named Boston Blazer team MVP for both the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

"I'd like to thank John Arlotta and Bob Naegele for providing the chance to manage the Swarm and especially Matt Majka for hiring me back in 2004,” O’Neill said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my seven years in Minnesota working with many wonderful people in the organization. I'm going to stay a little closer to home and spend more time with my family and work on some outside projects.  I wish the Swarm the best of luck in the future.”

Arlotta also added, "In addition to many other strengths, Marty was an incredible judge of talent. What I will remember most about his skill in this area was what he accomplished prior to the 2010 season when his trades brought the Swarm two young stars in Ryan Benesch and Callum Crawford.  He saw the potential of these two players when they had not yet played to their full capabilities.

"My son Andy and I would like to thank Marty not only for his service to the Swarm, but also for sharing his wealth of knowledge about lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League with both of us.  We will miss his many contributions and sincerely wish him well on his future endeavors."

Moving forward, the general manager duties will be split among a number of coaches and employees of the Minnesota Swarm organization.

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