Rush axe coach/GM

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:34 PM ET

The Edmonton Rush have fired their head coach and general manager.

New Rush president Gord Sawyer today announced he relieved Bob Hamley of his duties with the National Lacrosse League club.

“It was a difficult decision to not bring Bob back, but it was a necessary move after a disappointing and underachieving season,” said Sawyer in a news release.

“We did not have the home record that the team had hoped for (4-4), the team did not perform with the sense of urgency that was required at certain times in the season, and our offence again finished at the bottom of the league which is not acceptable.

“We want a team that the fans are excited to watch and that was evidently not going to happen under the current system. We need to have a consistently entertaining team and one that will make bigger strides to reaching the playoffs. We have failed to meet the goals, we have targeted and that has to change for the benefit of our loyal fans. We would like to thank Bob for his efforts and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Hamley joined the Rush midway through the 2008 season, replacing Paul Day.

The Rush were off to an 0-5 start when Hamley took over. He went on to lead them to a 4-7 record the rest of the way.

During the off-season, the former NLL head coach and general manager of the year revamped the roster in an effort to lead the Rush to their first playoff berth.

This year the Rush went into the season with high expectations, but fell short of a playoff spot, posting a 5-11 record.

“The team’s search for a replacement will begin immediately,” Sawyer said.

“After a review of all candidates, the Rush will determine whether the franchise is best-served by hiring one person to fill both the GM and head coach roles or whether to hire two people responsible for those duties.”


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