Recent NLL Coaching Changes and Player Transactions

Day, who was an assistant for Hasen in Brampton, returns to the organization. He enters his 13th season with the club as one of the team's assistant coaches. The Knighthawks Hall of Famer last served as the team's senior lacrosse advisor in 2009. Day, 42, coached in Rochester for 11 seasons from 1995 to 2005. The Peterborough, Ontario, native is the winningest coach in team history with a 75-39 record and ranks third in NLL history with 82 victories.

Day served as Rochester's head coach for eight seasons (1998-2005) and worked as an assistant for three seasons (1995-97). He was behind the bench for Rochester's first league championship in 1997. In addition, he added assistant general manager to his title in 2003. In 2003-04, he was named the NLL Les Bartley Coach of the Year.

"Being there since Day 1 I experienced the success we had through the years. Coming back I want to help us get back to that success," he said. "We need to make sure we have a plan, act on it and stick to it."

Johnson, 38, enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Rochester Knighthawks in 2011. Just 19 days prior to his professional coaching debut in 2010, he was a member of the Six Nations Olympic Team that participated in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay.

Johnson is a product of Six Nations lacrosse, having spent time as a player and as a coach. He was the offensive coach for the Six Nations Arrows from 2004 to 2006 and helped the team win three consecutive Ontario Championships and advance to three Minto Cup Finals. He was also the offensive coach at the Indoor World Games for the silver medalists: the Iroquois Nationals. This summer, he was an assistant coach for the Major League Lacrosse champion Toronto Nationals and the Junior "A" Six Nations Arrows. Additionally, he was the head coach for the Six Nations U-16 and U-19 men's field teams. He also was the assistant coach for the Senior "A" Six Nations Chiefs (MSL) from 2008-09.

"I am looking forward to it. I like the guys we picked up in the draft," said Johnson about the 2010 NLL Entry Draft that netted No. 1 overall pick Cody Jamieson. "I learned a lot last year. Hopefully, I can add something more to the team this year."

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Everett, Wash. The Washington Stealth announced today a one for one trade with the Philadelphia Wings. The two teams swap young defenders as Bob Snider joins the Stealth in exchange for Brett Manney.

Snider becomes a member of the Stealth after spending his rookie year with the Wings a season ago. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder from Burnaby, B.C., was the 16th overall selection in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft and played in ten games for Philadelphia in 2010. He tallied four assists, 40 loose balls and went 15 for 28 in the face-off circle.

The 25-year old Snider spent three summers playing with the New Westminster Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association from 2007-2009. After a solid 2009 regular season with New Westminster, his NLL draft stock continued to rise with a stellar performance in the WLA playoffs. Snider recorded ten points (2g, 8a) in eight games, helping the Salmonbellies earn their second straight WLA crown. Snider also had an outstanding collegiate career at Bellermine University, where he graduated as the school's all-time leader in groundballs (200) and face-offs won (495 of 939, 52.5%).

The Stealth sends Manney, a Newton, Penn., native, to the Wings where he will enter his third NLL season. Manney spent much of the 2010 season sidelined with an elbow injury, appearing in six regular season games. His rookie season, Manney played in 15 games, collecting 36 loose balls and adding three assists.

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2010-09-19



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