Bob Hamley hiring made official

As first reported by the NLL Insider yesterday afternoon, former Arizona Sting Head Coach and General Manager Bob Hamley was officially announced as the Edmonton Rush’s new Head Coach and GM earlier today.

It was also announced today that former Edmonton Rush players Jamey Bowen and Chris Stachniak would be serving as the team’s assistant coaches.

The news of the new Rush coaches comes two days after the organization fired their entire bench staff, headed by Paul Day, the team’s only serving head coach and GM previous to today’s announcement.

The Rush are reporting that Hamley, who had been working as the Colorado Mammoth’s Assistant Coach this season, will be relocating to Edmonton.

Previous to this year, Hamley had been the Head Coach and GM of the currently on the shelf Arizona Sting. It was thought by most that all former Sting players, who were disbanded through an off-season dispersal draft, along with the team’s coaching staff, would be required to come back to the franchise once the sale of the team was complete. At this point, sources tell NLL Insider, that no potential buyer has made a serious offer on the two time Champion’s Cup finalists.

Although the future is still somewhat foggy, many insiders and sources close to the league head offices tell NLL Insider that if a buyer is not found by the start of next season, all former Sting players and coaching staff will remain with whatever club they are currently with, but at this point, even that is not clear.

The Rush made no mention in today’s press release what will happen to Hamley’s relationship with the Sting if the team does in fact resurface in Arizona or elsewhere in North America.

It was also not made clear what the Rush gave up for Hamley, who as mentioned previously, was serving as an assistant coach with the Colorado Mammoth. In previous circumstances in league history in situations where assistant coaches left their current team to fill a vacant head coaching position, the team acquiring the new coach usually had to give up an Entry Draft choice, cash or both. Due to the unique situation Hamley was in with both the Mammoth and Sting, it is unclear exactly how the hiring took place and if anything was dealt to the Mammoth for Hamley’s services.

Bowen and Stachniak, both of whom last played for the Rush in the 2007 and 2006 season respectively, were already being considered interim coaches had a deal not been finalized this week with Hamley.

Hamley and his two assistants will make their first appearance on the Rush bench at home this Saturday when the San Jose Stealth come to the Rexall Centre for the club’s first meeting of 2008.

“We are excited about Bob’s plans for the Rush and we are confident that he is the right person - the right new voice - to be leading the club to greater success,” said Rush President Duane Vienneau through the club’s press release.

The Rush are currently dead last in the NLL’s West Division, sitting on a 0-5 record, two wins back of their closest division rival, the Portland Lumberjax. The Jax recently beat up on the Rush this past weekend with a 14-8 score-line that ultimately led to the firing of Day.

The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at paul.tutka@nllinsider.com.

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