Peterborough Lakers bringing back entire coaching staff for 11th year

The Lakers will be returning their whole coaching staff behind the bench for 2013. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
The Lakers will be returning their whole coaching staff behind the bench for 2013. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)

The Mann Cup champion Peterborough Lakers have announced that their entire coaching staff will be returning for the 2013 Major Series Lacrosse season. Head Coach and General Manager Jamie Batley and assistants Bob Keast, Jim Milligan and Joe Sullivan have been coaching the Lakers since 2003. Peterborough has reached the MSL finals each of those ten years and have won five Mann Cups and six Ontario championships.

“I think having everybody back is a good sign that we’re going forward and a good sign that we’re gearing up to try to defend the Mann Cup title,” Batley told IL Indoor. “Working together, having each other as devil’s advocate occasionally, and looking at everything from different perspectives has allowed us to be successful. Sometimes when you just look at something from one angle you can make mistakes but I think we’ve been able to look at every situation from all different angles and weigh the positives and the negatives and make decisions that way.”

Lakers public and media relations director Karl McFadden says the team is pleased to have all the coaches coming back for another run at the Mann. “This innovative and constantly assessing and implementing group of four were the key for our Laker Mann Cup victories in 2010 and again in 2012,” McFadden says. “It was imperative that we retain and return them to the Laker helm for 2013. We thank Ron Nolan for his work with Bats, Bob, Joe and Jim to finalize this beginning part of the Laker 2013 journey.”

Batley says everyone is still enjoying the glow from this summer’s championship, but the coaches are already thinking about next year. “I think everybody’s still excited about winning and they’re gearing up for pro lacrosse starting this weekend or December 1, so nobody’s thinking about the summer except for the coaches and the managers and we’re thinking about what do we do to improve the team and where do we go from here.”

Batley also says their criteria for success is simple. “We judge success on how many championships we win and I think our record of being in the Ontario lacrosse final every year from 2003 forward speaks for itself and for the talent we have on the coaching staff. I think having a cohesive unit and making decisions together over the years has allowed us to be successful.”

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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