Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan has signed a two-year contract agreement with the team. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
The Edmonton Rush have announced that general manager and head coach Derek Keenan will enter his fifth season with the team in 2014 after signing a two-year agreement.
“We have full confidence in the direction Derek Keenan is taking this team," said Rush owner and governor Bruce Urban. "This past season was another strong campaign that provided a good look into the exciting potential of the club."
“Keenan is the finest coach in pro lacrosse at pre-game preparation for his players," Urban added. "If this team executes the gameplan night in and night out, get ready for some winning seasons.”
Despite a disappointing loss to the Washington Stealth in the NLL West Division Semifinal, the Rush served notice of a very bright future for the Black and Silver as 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 another opportunity out there for me but there is really no other place I want to be," Keenan said. "I did not even bother to test other waters. We have a very committed owner in Bruce Urban and a hardworking front office staff.”
“Most importantly I think we have a really talented young team, a group of athletes whom I really believe in," he added. "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 offseason 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 West Division Semifinal, a game in which they came up just one goal short as they now look forward to next year.