The Philadelphia Wings have named former assistant Blane Harrison as the 10th head coach in the team's 27-year history. (Photo: John McCabe)
The Philadelphia Wings have announced the hiring of Blane Harrison as the 10th head coach in team history, replacing Johnny Mouradian, who will remain the Wings’ general manager, a post he has held for the past three seasons.
“We have always planned to groom Blane for the Head Coach role and we are pleased with his progress and development over the past two seasons. As an organization we feel strongly the time for change is upon us and we look forward to the new direction of this team under Blane,” said Team President Michael French. “He has earned the respect and admiration of the players through his role as offensive and defensive coordinator and we expect a seamless transition to his appointment as head coach.”
Harrison joined the Wings staff in 2011 as the team’s defensive coordinator, and spent the 2013 season as the club’s offensive coordinator. A native of Whitby, Ontario, Harrison played collegiately at Michigan State University and spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. Prior to joining the Wings, Harrison had assistant coaching experience with two NLL teams. In 2010, Harrison was named an assistant coach of the U.S. National Indoor Lacrosse Team for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Tournament.
"It is an extreme honor to be named the Head Coach of this fine organization. I want to thank the ownership group for giving me this opportunity,” said Harrison. “As with other professional sports leagues, we operate in a performance driven environment. As such our success is determined by wins and ultimately winning the Champion's Cup. That is our goal."
Mouradian will focus his duties on team personnel planning and player procurement. Mouradian was instrumental in bringing in new talent as well as experienced box lacrosse players and NLL stars to the Wings organization over the past three seasons, and looks to continue developing the Wings roster. Former Wings captain Tom Hajek will remain on the staff in his current position as defensive coordinator for the 2014 season.