Rush flush coaching staff

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

Edmonton Rush president Duane Vienneau called it the toughest decision he's ever had to make.

The Rush relieved general manager and head coach Paul Day and his entire coaching staff yesterday after a disappointing 0-5 start to the club's third National Lacrosse League season.

"These guys have given their heart and soul to this organization and they've been here since the very beginning," said Vienneau.

"Unfortunately we've started 0-5 and we felt we needed to make a move and get this back on track and still try to make the playoffs."

Day was informed of the news yesterday afternoon and was clearly disappointed.

Heading into his third year behind the bench, he expected the Rush to make the playoffs for the first time.

"I enjoyed my time in Edmonton, but I am very disappointed I never got to see this team get to where it should be," said Day.

Day brought in several new faces this season in an attempt to bring the Rush their first playoff berth.

The team was expected to be a stronger team offensively, but right from the season opener against the Colorado Mammoth the lack of scoring punch was evident.

Chemistry was also a problem. Several times this season, Day felt his players didn't trust each other, and in the 14-8 loss to Portland on Sunday, he questioned the work ethic of his players.

"We have had some players underachieve, but it takes times for a team to gel, and the organization wasn't patient enough," said Day.

Off-season changes, an NLL labour dispute that caused a brief lockout, and the dismantling of teams in Arizona and Boston also impacted the Rush.

"Myself and the coaching staff worked extremely hard this off-season to improve the team, and then when the labour dispute caused the two teams to disband, I thought it would make all the other teams better," said Day.

"We were hit with some bad luck, when Mother Nature hit in January and we were only able to practise once.

"With the lockout, the organization shortened our training camp from six weeks to three weeks. That hurt us -- and the organization is partly to blame for that."

No replacement for Day has been named.

Likely candidates include former Calgary Roughnecks head coach Chris Hall and current Colorado Mammoth assistant Bob Hamley.


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