The National Lacrosse League has announced that Washington Stealth Head Coach and Edmonton Rush have been named co-winners of the Les Bartley Award for the 2010 season, presented to the League’s Head Coach of the Year.
Hall and Keenan tied in voting with seven first places votes apiece and 43 total points each. Voting is tabulated by ballots cast by NLL head coaches, general managers and governors.
"This season has been indicative of the type of success both Chris Hall and Derek Keenan have enjoyed throughout their careers,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “Both men are well deserving of the 2010 Les Bartley Award."
Hall led the Stealth to an 11-5 record – tied for the best mark in the league – and the top overall seed throughout the 2010 NLL playoffs. The Stealth offense was tops in the league, standing as the only team to score more than 200 goals (211) during the regular season. Washington tied for the best home record in the league, compiling a 6-2 record in front of the fans at Comcast Arena.
This is Hall’s second stint as a head coach in the NLL, previously leading the Calgary Roughnecks from 2002-2007 – a stint which included a Champion’s Cup victory in 2004. Hall currently ranks fourth on the NLL’s all-time coaching regular season wins list with 61. This is Hall’s first Les Bartley Award.
“I have never been big on individual awards in a team game, but it is certainly nice to be recognized by your peers. I’m pleased, and also very pleaed to share the award with another great coach in Derek Keenan,” said Hall. “It’s a nice individual award and I’m honored by it, but I wouldn’t be able to do it without the great players we have and the super assistant coaches, as well as our general manager (Doug Locker), president (David Takata) and owner (Denise Watkins).”
Hall looks to lead the Stealth to its first ever NLL Championship, and his second, on May 15 at the Comcast Arena when the Stealth takes on the East Division Champion Toronto Rock. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. Tickets start at just $7 and are available at the Comcast Arena Box Office, by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.