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Mule Named Coach of the Year

8/12/10 11:00 AM

Mule Named Coach of the Year


 

 

                                                                                                

 

LONG ISLAND’S JIM MULE NAMED BRINE 

MLL COACH OF THE YEAR

 

Boston, Mass. (August 12, 2010) –Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Thursday that Long Island Lizards head coach Jim Mulehas been selected as the 2010 Brine Coach of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross.  The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the league’s six teams.

Mule’s Lizards finished the 2010 season with a final record of 7-5, clinching the No. 3 seed for the postseason.  Mule is in his fifth season as head coach of the Lizards and will be leading the team to Championship Weekend for the third time.  In 2005 the Lizards made it all the way to the MLL Championship game before falling 15-9 to the Bayhawks.   Last season Long Island lost to eventual MLL Champion Toronto in the semifinals.

Mule joined the Lizards after a highly successful stint with Barrage organization, two years as a player and two as an assistant coach.  He helped lead the Barrage to their first Major League Lacrosse title in 2004.

The Long Island native was a second round draft pick (No. 12 overall) in the MLL Inaugural Draft and was the starting goalie for the Barrage for much of the 2001 and 2002 seasons.  Mule played 20 games in his career and finished with a 15.63 goals against average and 289 saves.  Following his retirement as a player in 2002 he joined the Barrage coaching staff and helped turn the team around from a perennial basement team to MLL champions in 2004. 

This season, Mule’s Lizards led the league in groundballs with 361 as the traditionally stout defensive squad dominated when the ball was on the ground.  Long Island was the home to the second leading scorer in the league as well this season with attackman Matt Danowski, who finished with 47 points.  The Lizards also were third in the league in face off percentage at .514.

Mule was also a member of the U.S. National team that defeated Canada two games to none in the 1999 World Cup of Lacrosse.  The Lizards coach is a 1990 graduate of St. John’s University and currently resides close to his team in nearby Dix Hills, N.Y. 

All-Time MLL Coaches of the Year

2001            John DeTomasso, Long Island Lizards

2002            Scott Hiller, Boston Cannons

2003            Ted Georgalas, New Jersey Pride

2004            Sal LoCascio, Philadelphia Barrage

2005            Scott Hiller, Boston Cannons

2006            Tony Resch, Philadelphia Barrage

2007            John Tucker, Los Angeles Riptide

2008            Tony Resch, Philadelphia Barrage

2009            Brian Reese, Denver Outlaws

2010           Jim Mule, Long Island Lizards

 

Mule received a total of 43 points and six first-place votes to take home the award.  Boston Cannons head coach Bill Daye came in second and Denver Outlaws head coach Brian Reese came in third with 25 and 22 points respectively. 

Mule will lead his No. 3 seeded Long Island Lizards against the Denver Outlaws in the second semi-final game of Championship Weekend presented by Warrior at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 21.  The game will be broadcast live on Universal Sports,Comcast Sports Net New England and Chicago, Comcast Sports Southeast, Time Warner Cable Rochester, Cox Rhode Island and Brighthouse.  It will also be broadcast on a one hour tape delay on Cox Sports New Orleans.  The MLL Web site will also be running a live chat for the game starting 15 minutes prior to faceoff.  The winner of that game will advance to face either the Boston Cannons or the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Championship game on Sunday, August 22 at 1 p.m. ET.       

The 2010 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend Presented by Warrior takes place at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, one of the nation’s premier athletic venues.   Tailgating is permitted for both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.  A number of great attractions will be featured in the fan zone on both days, including the Warrior Lacrosse Chop Shop, musical performances by MAD PLANET, Bud Light Build-A-Bar, face painting and other activities for fans.

Tickets for the 2010 Championship Weekend presented by Warrior are still available.  Complete MLL Championship Weekend packages which include tickets to all three playoff games start at just $30 and may be purchased by calling 866-MLL-TIXX or by visiting www.majorleaguelacrosse.com   Single day tickets will go on sale beginning Sunday, August 15 and will cost $20.

About Brine

Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Brine was established in 1922. Brine has spent almost a century supporting players in their athletic pursuit of game improvement products and programs. Recognized for innovation of the Offset™ lacrosse stick and the original round bladder soccer ball, Brine was acquired by New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. in August, 2006. Brine is a recognized industry leader in lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and volleyball.

About Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, commenced play in June of 2001.  The MLL is comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chesapeake, Chicago, Denver, Long Island, and Toronto.  The season will culminate with the 2010 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Major League Lacrosse was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the Official League website at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.

 

 

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