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Rattlers Replace Head Coach BJ O’Hara,
Tim Soudan to Take Over
Boston, MA (June 28, 2011) – Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced that the Rochester Rattlers have fired head coach BJ O’Hara and will replace him with Tim Soudan following their 0 and 6 start to the 2011 season.
O’Hara, who led the Rattlers to their only MLL title in 2008, was the coach of the Rattlers from 2004 to 2008. He then served as the head coach of the Chicago Machine in 2010 before the team moved back to Rochester at the start of this season.
MLL Analyst Quint Kessenich commented on the Rattlers’ decision to remove O’Hara from his position with the team, describing it as an “unfortunate set of circumstances.”
“BJ has been around the league for a long time and hopefully he’ll land on his feet,” Kessenich said in an inverview Tuesday. “I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Columbus or Charlotte next year. This is a guy who’s given a lot of himself to Major League Lacrosse. He’s always represented himself in a first class fashion.”
O’Hara will be replaced by former MLL athlete, Tim Soudan, who was a midfielder for UMASS Amherst before joining the Rattlers from 2001 to 2003. In 31 career games he scored 35 goals and 47 points. This will be his first head coaching job in Major League Lacrosse.
“I’m honored and really excited,” Soudan said in a Skype interview Tuesday. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played for the league and it’s always been something in the back of my mind that if an opportunity came up, I’d really like to take on the challenge of coaching at the pro level…I have a lot of respect for BJ and I think he understands that’s how things go in professional sports. I’ll do the best I can.”
Kessenich fondly recalls Soudan's MLL career, calling him a “meat and potatoes kind of guy” that will lead the Rattlers in the same way he played.
“He had a tremendous amount of energy, a tremendous heart, he was gutsy and he brought it to the table every single week, and that’s what he’s going to ask from this young Rochester team.”
The transition from O’Hara to Soudan will be effective immediately. The Rattlers will be in action on Saturday night when they travel to Chesapeake to take on the Bayhawks in a game that can be seen live on ESPN2.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chesapeake, Denver, Long Island, Rochester and Hamilton, Major League Lacrosse is in its eleventh season this year.
The 2011 Sports Authority MLL All-Star Game will take place on July 9 at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Warrior, is scheduled for August 27 & 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, MD.