BOSTON (CBS) – The defending Major League Lacrosse champions have a new head coach.
The Boston Cannons named Steve Duffy as their new head coach on Wednesday after serving as an assistant coach for three seasons. Duffy is the fourth head coach in the franchise’s 11-year history.
“I am thrilled to lead the Cannons on the field as the next head coach of the team,” said Duffy. “We have our work cut out for us, defending the title as the league expands and the competition gets tougher. I know what it takes to win the Steinfeld Trophy, and winning back to back championships is the goal for 2012.”
“We are proud to have built a family of coaches who grow into leaders of our team,” Cannons founding owner Matt Dwyer said in a release. ““Coach Duffy has been an integral part of our success over the past three seasons and we are excited to have him take over as head coach.”
Duffy is the third consecutive head coach promoted from an assistant position. As the Cannons defensive assistant coach, he was responsible for game-day substitutions, man-down play calling and practice planning.
A Waltham native, Duffy coached at Waltham High School for 18 years. He was named both the Boston Globe and Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1999 and earned Metro West Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and 2005.
In addition to coaching the varsity team in Waltham, Duffy also founded the Waltham Youth Lacrosse Program in 1994. He is also a board member for the Patriot Youth Lacrosse League. He was recently inducted into the Waltham High School Hall of Fame.
Since Duffy joined the Cannons coaching staff in 2009, they have earned a post season berth in each of the last three seasons, clinching the league’s best record in each of the past two years.