Philadelphia Names Tony Resch Head Coach; Other Recent News from the MLL and NLL

Philadelphia Barrage Name Tony Resch Head Coach

Philadelphia, PA (December 1, 2004) The Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, introduced new Head Coach Tony Resch at a press conference at Villanova Stadium today. The Barrage also introduced new Local Operator Gary M. Holloway Sr. and General Manager Keith Mecca at the press conference and unveiled a new logo and color scheme.

Resch brings to the Barrage a resume unparalleled in Philadelphia lacrosse. A member of the indoor Philadelphia Wings for 15 seasons as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, he was a part of all six league championships won by the Wings. As a head coach for eight seasons, Resch compiled a 59-27 regular season record and reached the playoffs eight straight years. He was even more impressive in the postseason, notching a 10-4 playoff record and winning four league titles.

"I am ecstatic about being selected as the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Barrage," said Resch, whose .686 career winning percentage is the best mark in the history of the Philadelphia Wings. "I will draw on all of my experience coaching at the professional level to continue the winning tradition that has been established in Philadelphia."

Resch retired as head coach following the 2001 season, during which he won his fourth championship as bench boss and earned National Lacrosse League Coach of the Year honors. Though he took a position as Athletic Director at La Salle College High School, he was back behind the bench again soon. Resch joined the Colorado Mammoth midway through the 2003 season as associate coach and helped lead that squad to a division title. He earned his first MLL experience as an assistant coach with the Baltimore Bayhawks during the 2003 campaign, helping them to within an overtime loss of a second straight MLL title. Resch returned to Philadelphia and the Wings this past season as assistant coach and defensive coordinator.

"We are very lucky to have such a proven coach as we do in Tony," said Holloway. "He has the best credentials possible to guide the team to another MLL championship."

Before becoming the Wings' head coach in 1994, Resch starred as a defensive specialist for six seasons in Philadelphia. He earned All-Star honors in 1991 and reach the championship four times, winning a pair of titles.

Resch graduated from Yale University, where he was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Ivy League player. He also won a gold medal at the World Championships in Perth, Australia in 1990 as a member of Team USA.

"He possesses a great combination of experience and character that will enable him to coach the Barrage to another championship," added Mecca. "Considering his background, there was no reason to look at anyone else but Tony."

Resch takes over for Sal LoCascio, who retired and now serves as the director of sales for Warrior Lacrosse. LoCascio guided the Barrage to their most successful season in 2004, the team's first campaign in Philadelphia after struggling on the field during three seasons in Bridgeport, Conn. The Barrage won the final five games of the regular season to finish 7-5 and secure the first playoff berth in team history. They then swept a pair of games at the 2004 New Balance Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend, including a 13-11 victory over the Boston Cannons in the title game, to win the 2004 MLL Championship.

The Barrage's success didn't go unnoticed when it came time for postseason awards. The team captured five of the eight honors handed out: Blake Miller was named Warrior Offensive Player of the Year; Nicky Polanco, Warrior Defensive Player of the Year; Greg Cattrano, Warrior Goalie of the Year (in addition to having already earned Bud Light Championship Weekend MVP); Ryan Boyle, Cascade Rookie of the Year; and LoCascio earned Warrior Coach of the Year.

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