Breaking: Bob Hamley released by Edmonton Rush

The Rush have relieved Bob Hamley after a year-and-a-half at the helm. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
The Rush have relieved Bob Hamley after a year-and-a-half at the helm. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

The Edmonton Rush have announced that the team has parted ways with GM and head coach, Bob Hamlely, saying that this year’s 5-11 regular season record was not enough for the former National Lacrosse League coach of the year to keep his job with the franchise.

“It was a difficult decision to not bring Bob back but it was a necessary move after a disappointing and underachieving season,” said recently named team president, Gord Sawyer, in a release sent out to media earlier this afternoon.

“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.”

This past season was Hamley’s first full season with the Rush, being brought aboard shortly after the team fired Paul Day from both coaching and managing roles with the club during the ‘08 NLL season .

Hamley made wholesale changes this past off-season and appeared to have started a blueprint to work from while the franchise strived for their first ever post-season berth. The team fell just short of their goal after finishing two wins outside of continuing their season past 16-games.

The Rush, like they had in previous seasons, continued to struggle offensively this winter, finishing last in team scoring with long time vet Dan Teat, who Hamley had traded for during the 2008 trade deadline, leading the club with 69 points, good for 20th overall in the NLL’s scoring charts.

The Rush plan on beginning their search for Hamley’s replacement immediately, Sawyer adding, “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.”

Hamley’s replacement will be both the third GM and coach the franchise has had over the past three seasons, making it difficult for the team to find an identity in a Western Division they’ve found themselves dead last in during three of the four seasons they’ve existed.

It is already thought that Hamley’s services will be heavily sought after during the NLL’s already extremely busy off-season, which is all of three days old.

Stay tuned to NLL Insider for more on the Edmonton Rush’s coaching situation.

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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