Washington Stealth VP and GM Doug Locker won the 2013 NLL General Manager of the Year Award for helping guide the team's turnaround by adding key rookies to the team's returning core after missing the playoffs in 2012. (Photo: Cory Shannon)
The National Lacrosse League has announced that Doug Locker of the Washington Stealth has won the General Manager of the Year award for the 2013 NLL season.
Locker, currently in his 10th year with the franchise and fourth season as general manager, helped guide the Stealth to second place in the West Division with a 9-7 record during the regular season. It marked an impressive turnaround from the 2012 campaign that saw Washington miss the playoffs with a 4-12 record.
"This award, which I'm very humbled by, does not come without the support of great ownership, an outstanding coaching staff, and a group of players who perform week in and week out," Locker said.
Despite not having a first-round selection in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, Locker added several rookies in the later rounds who played key roles alongside the team's returning core to vastly improve upon last year's performance.
"Credit not only to our young players who all stepped up but also to the veterans who supported the changes that were made," Locker added.
Locker manages all of the Stealth's lacrosse operations duties by coordinating scouting and draft preparation, contract negotiations, player transactions, coaching staff management and team travel. He also serves as the team's Vice President and Alternate Governor and is the chairman of the NLL's Competition Committee.
Under Locker's direction, Washington won the 2010 NLL Championship at home and reached the title game again in 2011. This weekend, the Stealth seek their third West Division Final postseason win in the last four years when they visit the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, May 4.
Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan was the runner-up for the award while Toronto Rock general manager and assistant coach Terry Sanderson finished third in the voting.
The announcement of 2013 NLL Season Awards continues Wednesday with both the Defensive Player of the Year Award and Transition Player of the Year Award. The 2013 NLL General Manager of the Year Award was determined by a vote of the league's Board of Governors and General Managers.