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Knighthawks coach Suggate resigns

They’re without top goal-scorers John Grant Jr. and Scott Evans for the season, and now the Rochester Knighthawks are without new coach Paul Suggate.

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Suggate resigned as coach of the Knighthawks, according to a release from the team. With Grant and Evans out nursing injuries, Knighthawks general manager Regy Thorpe now finds himself in the position of finding a new head coach just weeks before the team’s Jan. 10 National Lacrosse League opener. According to Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, the team hopes to name a new coach Friday or Monday. Two candidates have been interviewed, but Thorpe says he’s not a candidate for the job. Neither is Gary Gait, the team’s new forward, or Paul Day, who is back with the team as a senior lacrosse adviser. Goalie Pat O’Toole wouldn’t say much Wednesday, but “when someone resigns, they have their reasons.”

 

“We would like to thank Paul for his hard work the past couple of months and wish him the best of luck, Thorpe said in the statement.

The Knighthawks will hold camp on Sunday in Rochester, so who runs that practice remains to be seen. Former Knighthawk Mike Hasen has been assisting Suggate as the defensive coach. Freeman Bucktooth has been handling the offense.

“Maybe things just weren’t going as he planned,” said O’Toole. “When a new coach comes in, it’s a lot of change for everybody. But he went out on his own terms so maybe it was just different than he thought it was going to be.” 

Stay tuned to NLLInsider.com as we track down as much information as we can about the situation.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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