Poll: LM's 2010 Men's Lax Coach of Year
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
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Great coaches take the blame when their team loses and shift the glory to the players when they win. But for anyone that's ever followed sports, you know that a great coach is often the difference between winning and losing. We saw a lot of great coaching in 2010.
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John Danowski, Duke
Duke's sluggish 2-3 start didn't match up with a preseason No. 1 ranking and an exhibition victory over Team USA. Winning 14 of its final 15 games, including a 6-5 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA final, did. The championship was the first for Duke, and the first for Danowski in his 28 years as a collegiate head coach.
Mike Daly, Tufts
Twelve years ago, Daly inherited a program that had gone 3-25 in the previous two seasons. He steadily built up his program in what is arguably the nation's toughest Division III conference. The breakthrough came in this year's 20-1 NCAA title season. To do it, he had to go through murderers row in the NCAA tournament — Middlebury, Cortland State and Salisbury — the three schools that had combined to win 11 straight NCAA titles.
Brendan Kelly, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Nearing the end of the MLL season, Bayhawks president Brendan Kelly took over the duties of the sideline with his team limping along with a four-game losing streak and a 4-5 overall record. The Bayhawks lost their first game with Kelly at the helm, but then ripped off four straight wins, including victories over Boston and Long Island to lead the franchise to its first MLL title since 2005.
Mike Pressler, Team USA
The mission was clear: beat Canada. Mike Pressler led Team USA's redemption as the Red, White and Blue snapped a two-game losing streak to the Canadians to win the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England, avenging a silver medal performance from 2006. For good measure, Pressler led Bryant to a 12-5 season with five one-goal wins, including a 7-6 victory over NCAA tournament participant Army.