July 18, 2012

Edmonton Rush GM/Coach Keenan Signs One-Year Deal

from staff reports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Derek Keenan, who oversaw Edmonton's unlikely run from a 2-7 start to the National Lacrosse League (NLL) championship game, is not going anywhere.

The Rush announced Wednesday that the general manager and head coach signed a one-year deal. Keenan enters his fourth year with the team. Edmonton is coming off its most successful season.

"Coach Keenan's dedication, work ethic and preparation to the team is the staple for the structure we need in order to return to the championship in 2013," team owner Bruce Urban said.

Despite the slow start to last season with a 2-7 record midway through it, Keenan was instrumental in taking the team to a great playoff run, which ended in a loss to the Rochester Knighthawks in the Champion's Cup final.

"There is really no other place I want to be. Edmonton is a top notch sports city and I think we are on the verge of augmenting the 'City of Champions' moniker," Keenan said. "The ownership is solid and together we have built a talented and athletic young core group of players. There is still a lot of work to be done but I really look forward to that challenge."

Edmonton will have the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft. The date and location for the 2012 NLL Entry Draft has yet to be announced but is tentatively scheduled for this September .

Derek Keenan was recently announced as one of the eight new members to be inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame upcoming in November. In addition, he also was a member of the 1993 Buffalo Bandit's team currently in nomination for the NLL Hall of Fame for 2012.

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