The Washington Stealth announced today that Head Coach Chris Hall has re-signed for the 2013 season.Â Hall, who also serves as the Vice President of Lacrosse Operations for the team, is entering his fifth season with the Stealth.
â€œChris is an integral part of the Stealth organization on and off the floor and having him back for a full season is a huge step forward for the 2013 season,â€ said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker.Â â€œHe is the heart and soul of our team and we are looking forward to him being behind the bench for another season in Washington.â€
Hall missed portions of training camp and nearly half of the 2012 season as he underwent treatment for a cancerous tumor in his throat.Â The team got off to a slow start in his absence, going 1-5 en route to a league-worst 4-12 record.Â Hall, now fully recovered from his treatment, is excited to return to the bench and put last seasonâ€™s struggles behind the organization.
â€œObviously, last season was incredibly difficult,â€ Hall said.Â â€œIt was hard not to be there and I feel bad that I put our players, coaches and organization in a disjointed situation.Â It was a long struggle to get back, but having stability going into 2013 will allow us to have a sort of fresh start and we expect to get back to championship form.â€
The Stealth enjoyed unprecedented success under Hallâ€™s guidance in its first two seasons in Washington.Â The team won its first National Lacrosse League title in 2010 and followed that with a second straight Western Division Championship and a one-goal loss in the 2011 Championship Game.Â Since Hall took over as head coach midway through the 2009 season, the Stealth has gone 36-24 and played in three Western Division Finals.
Hall is one of the most successful head coaches in NLL history, currently ranking fourth on the leagueâ€™s all-time regular season wins list with 72.Â He is also one of only three coaches in NLL history to win a championship with two teams (Calgary 2004 and Washington 2010).Â But itâ€™s not the past Hall is concerned with; his thoughts are already focused on the 2013 season, which is slated to begin in January.
â€œWe still have a very strong roster thatâ€™s pretty young,â€ he said.Â â€œBut thereâ€™s always improvements to be made and we are preparing to do that through the draft and in free agency.Â Last year was a wake up call for our guys and proof that thereâ€™s not much separating first from worst in our league.Â There will be no signs of complacency for us this year, thatâ€™s for sure.â€