Could Day or Batley fit in?

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

The National Lacrosse League's expansion is opening some doors for coaches who want to step up their responsibilities.

After 11 years with the Rochester Knighthawks, head coach and assistant GM Paul Day resigned from his position yesterday, while Jamie Batley is also preparing to bolt from the Colorado Mammoth.

Both veteran coaches are looking to add the general manager title to their portfolios and it just so happens that both expansion entries in Edmonton and Portland are looking for front-office types who may also wish to remain behind the bench.

The NLL may add one or two more expansion entries for next season as well, with New York and New England appearing to be the leading contenders.

"Whenever I'm in a rink I like to look around at the history there and Edmonton certainly would be a neat place to do that," said Day on a conference call. "I'm a hockey fan first but I think Edmonton would be a neat place to be involved in lacrosse."

A police detective in the Niagara Falls region of southern Ontario, Day is among the all-time leaders in coaching wins in the NLL with a 75-39 record.

In 2004, he was named coach of the year.

Batley, a Canadian Revenue Services employee who lives in Peterborough, Ont., was at the helm of a veteran-laden Colorado club that finished a disappointing 8-8 during the 2005 regular season and was then bounced from the playoffs in the opening round.

Colorado assistant coach Walt Christianson is also rumoured to be seeking opportunities elsewhere, apparently with an eye on the bench duties in Edmonton.


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