DENVER –Head Coach Jim Stagnitta has been voted as the 2013 Brine Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year, by the MLL’s coaches and general managers, the league announced on Wednesday.
“Receiving this award is a great honor and the culmination of the hard work of many people,” Stagnitta said. “Starting with a selfless group of players who bought into the system, a phenomenal staff including Tony Seaman, B.J. O’Hara and Stan Ross, they all contributed to making this season a success. It is also a great honor to be recognized by my peers. It is a group of people that I have a lot of respect for and knowing they voted for me adds more to this award.”
Stagnitta led an Outlaws team that became just the fourth major American sports team to finish a regular season undefeated joining the 2007 New England Patriots and 1972 Miami Dolphins of the NFL as well as the 1948 Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. In addition to posting the first undefeated season in MLL history, the Outlaws’ 14 wins represented the highest total in league history.
Denver set 10 MLL records and 21 club records under Stagnitta’s leadership in 2013, and the team led the league in 8-of-12 major statistical categories this season (see list at bottom of the release).
The club’s 226 goals in 2013 were the third most by a team in MLL history and the 136 goals allowed by Denver in 2013 tied for fifth fewest in league history. The Outlaws’ 117 assists this season rank fifth in MLL history and set a new club record.
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