BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox are not the only team in town searching for someone to man their bench.
The Boston Cannons announced Wednesday head coach Bill Daye is stepping down after six seasons.
“This was obviously a very difficult decision, however it was one that was made based on my desire to spend more time with my family, especially with our girls, Adison and Ollie, growing up so quickly,” said Daye in a release. “I would like to thank Matt Dwyer and the ownership group for giving me an opportunity to be part of this great organization for nine years.”
“I want to thank the players I’ve had the privilege of coaching for the past six years,” he continued, “especially the 2011 team, which came together to capture the Cannons’ first championship. And I can’t forget about the unbelievable fan base we have in Boston. It’s truly been a pleasure every year, at each home game, playing in front of the Cannons faithful. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my wife Alison for being my number one supporter for my nine years involved in Major League Lacrosse and allowing me to pursue my dream.”
Daye led the Cannons to the franchises’ first Major League Lacrosse Championship last season, and amassed a 43-29 record in his six seasons at the helm.
The Cannons finished with the best record in MLL the past two seasons, with Daye taking home coach of the year honors in 2011.
Daye started his Cannons career as a player in the MLL’s inaugural season in 2001, when he was named an MLL All-Star and the Cannons MVP for his performance in goal. After an injury ended his playing career in 2002 season, he returned to the team as an assistant coach in 2005. He was promoted to head coach the following season.
Daye will remain involved with the team in an advisory capacity until the Cannons name his successor.