Edmonton, AB --- The Edmonton Rush announced today that General Manager and Head Coach Derek Keenan signed a two year agreement. Keenan enters his fifth year as General Manager and Head Coach for the team.
“We have full confidence in the direction Derek Keenan is taking this team, this past season was another strong campaign that provided a good look into the exciting potential of the club” states Owner and Governor Bruce Urban.
“Keenan is the finest coach in pro lacrosse at pre game preparation for his players, if this team executes the game plan night in and night out, get ready for some winning seasons.”
Despite a disappointing loss to the Washington Stealth in the NLL West Division Semi-Final, the Rush served notice of a very bright future for the Black and Silver and the loyal members of Rush Nation can expect big things in 2014 when the NLL expands to an 18 game regular season schedule.
“There may have been other opportunity out there for me but there is really no other place I want to be. I did not even bother to test other waters. We have a very committed owner in Bruce Urban and a hard working front office staff.” states GM/Head Derek Keenan
“Most importantly I think we have a really talented young team, a group of athletes whom I really believe in. They are committed to winning the NLL Championship and I believe committed to putting in the work to accomplish that ultimate goal. I wish the 2014 season started tomorrow. It’s a long off season and we have unfinished business and the work starts today.”
Edmonton ended the regular season with a 9-7 mark and in a three-way tie for first in the West with Calgary and Washington. A 12-11 OT loss to Calgary in the regular-season finale pushed the Rush down to third spot in the West for playoff seeding which sent them on the road to Washington for the semi-final. And while the Rush’s year came to a close, it was a banner year on many fronts.
While the team strengths were obvious, individual players also stepped to the forefront during the ’13 season.
Breakout stars included:
2014 Season Tickets are now on sale and available by call the Rush Office at 780 732-RUSH.
Full speed ahead to 2014