ADAM MUELLER WINS LES BARTLEY AWARD
Titans coach earns 2008 Head Coach of the Year Award
New York Titans head coach Adam Mueller has won the National Lacrosse League's "Les Bartley Award", presented to the Head Coach of the Year. In the franchise's second season, the Titans compiled a 10-6 regular season record, a six win improvement from their 4-12 record as an expansion team in 2007. The 10-6 also tied for best record in the league this season. The Titans are the first second-year club to grab a share of the best record in the league since the Toronto Rock achieved the feat in 1999.
Under Mueller's leadership, the Titans finished the regular season 9-2 after starting the year with a 1-4 record. The team is poised to make a run at the Champion's Cup in just their second season.
Mueller becomes the first head coach in the league history to lead three different teams to the post-season. He previously earned playoff berths as head coach of Minnesota (2006) and Philadelphia (2002).
The Head Coach of the Year award is named in honor of the late Les Bartley, whose contribution to his teams, to the NLL, and to the game of lacrosse is immeasurable. Bartley, who lost his battle with colon cancer in May of 2005, left behind a coaching legacy. He won seven championship rings in his twelve year coaching tenure and is the league's all-time winningest coach. Bartley tallied an astonishing 93-38 regular season record behind the bench.
Previous winners of the Les Bartley Award for Head Coach of the Year include Ed Comeau (2007), Derek Keenan (2006), Bob Hamley (2005), Paul Day (2004), Darris Kilgour (2003), Bob McMahon (2002) and Tony Resch (2001).