Edmonton Rush head coach Derek Keenan will be returning to the Rush bench for at least one more season, as announced by the team today. Keenan has been the Edmonton coach for three years with a 21-27 record. He led Edmonton to their most successful post-season in franchise history, making it all the way to the Champions Cup last season.
“Coach Keenan’s dedication, work ethic and preparation to the team is the staple for the structure we need in order to return to the championship in 2013,” said Rush owner Bruce Urban.
Edmonton showed in the playoffs last season that they underachieved in the regular season and should be a threat in 2013. Through the Paul Rabil trade they possess the first overall pick in this year’s draft and will likely select standout Mark Matthews.
“The ownership is solid and together we have built a talented and athletic young core group of players. There is still a lot of work to be done but I really look forward to that challenge,” said Keenan.
Before his time in Edmonton Keenan served as the interim GM of the Rock as well as the head coach of the Anaheim Storm and the Portland Lumberjax. In 2006 he was named GM of the Year and won the Les Bartley Award for his work with Portland.