Marty O'Neill, an eight-year National Lacrosse League veteran, was named the Philadelphia Wings General Manager, according to Wings' President and co-owner Russ Cline. The Philadelphia Wings are the new 2001 NLL Champions.
As General Manager, O'Neill is responsible for coordinating player acquisitions, scouting, staffing and recruiting, as well as organizing the team's tryouts and training camp. He will also produce sponsorship and marketing opportunities for the team, as well as individual players.
"We are very excited to have Marty as a part of the Wings family," said Cline. "Marty has incomparable experience in the Canadian and American lacrosse communities. He knows the game and players inside and out and will be a great asset to our team."
O'Neill becomes the fifth General Manager in the 16-year history of the Wings. He replaces Jim Rogers, who resigned to assume a similar position with the expansion New Jersey Storm.
As a player, O'Neill was recognized as one of the most outstanding goalies in box and indoor lacrosse. O'Neill has been playing lacrosse since he was five years old. He has played eight seasons in the NLL, with the Buffalo Bandits, Syracuse Smash and Boston Blazers, before retiring in 2000, as well as thirteen seasons for the Western Lacrosse Association's Victoria Shamrocks.
O'Neill will relocate from his native Vancouver, British Columbia to Philadelphia for his new position. In addition to the Wings, he will continue to design goalie equipment with his company Maximum Lacrosse.
O'Neill served as the best man at Wings goalie Dallas Eliuk's wedding seven years ago. Eliuk returned the favor as best man in O'Neill's wedding as well.