The Colorado Mammoth announced today that Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator Jamie Batley will take over the responsibilities of the Interim Head Coaching position. The Head Coaching position was formerly held by Rod Jensen who was dismissed from his coaching duties today.
"When a team of this caliber is not performing at their peak level, I felt it was necessary to make a change. Rod Jensen is a tremendous person and a good coach, however, the team was not responding to him." said Steve Govett, president and general manager for the Colorado Mammoth. "The most important issue for our organization today is focusing on the Vancouver Ravens for Saturday night. We will continue to evaluate the coaching situation in the coming days in hopes of making a formal announcement of the Head Coach next week."
"I realize how important it is for us to establish a winning streak beginning with this weekend's game at home," Batley said. "Our team needs to come together and use this as a turning point for the season."
In 2000, Batley turned his focus to coaching when he joined the Peterborough Junior A program and was voted OLA Coach of the Year in 2001. In 2002, Batley took on the Head Coaching position for the Peterborough Senior A team. He is also the Founder and Director of Peterborough Summer Lacrosse Camps including the Hiawatha First Nations and Curve Lake First Nations Lacrosse Camp. Batley has been serving as the Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator for the Colorado Mammoth through the first nine games of the 2003 NLL season.
Batley began his lacrosse career in the Peterborough Minor Lacrosse system in Ontario, Canada. Batley continued on in the Peterborough Junior A program from 1984 through 1988 where they won the Minto Cup in 1986 and 1987 and was named the Ontario Lacrosse League Leading Scorer in 1986 and 1987 as well. He scored over 750 points in 5 years and was named the OLA's Most Valuable Player in 1987. Batley was a member of the Peterborough Senior team, the Six Nations Senior team and Akwesasne program. With Six Nations he won the Mann Cup in 1995 and 1996. Batley also had a career in field lacrosse. He was a member of Team Canada from 1989-1994 where they won the Silver Medal in 1990 and the Bronze Medal in 1994. Batley attended the Division I Lacrosse Program at the University of Maryland from 1990-1994 and was named All-American in 1993. Batley joined professional lacrosse with the Buffalo Bandits in 1995 and 1999, the Syracuse Smash in 1998 and the Pittsburgh Crossfire in 2000.
Batley currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife and four children. Aside from his responsibilities in lacrosse, Batley also holds a position in the Canadian Federal Government.