January 13, 2011

Huntley Out as Head Coach of Toronto (MLL)

from press release

TORONTO, Ont. - The Toronto Nationals today announced the resignation of head coach Dave Huntley effective immediately.

"I decided to step down at the end of last season It was great to work with Stu Brown and our ownership group and it was a great thrill to coach in my hometown. We have a great group of staff and players and I know they will have a great 2011" said Huntley.

Huntley, the first coach in team history, had a 10-14 record in two seasons as head coach. He led the team to the 2009 Major League Lacrosse Championship in their innaugural season. Toronto was 7-5 during the 2009 regular season before defeating Long Island and Denver at Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend, both by one goal, to win the title. The team dropped to 3-9 in 2010.

Toronto team president Stu Brown had this to say about Huntley, "I truly enjoyed working with Dave over the last two seasons. I believe Dave brought immediate respect and professionalism to our franchise. Dave helped build our culture and identity as an organization during his two year here. Dave helped build our championship team in the months leading up to the 2009 season , later that year Dave lead our team on a late season surge that culminated in a Steinfeld Cup for our franchise, something that we are all very proud of." Brown added, "Dave was a great mentor for our players and helped establish our franchise as a place players wanted to come and play."


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