Recent NLL Coaching Changes and Player Transactions

"I'm going to try my hardest to make the team," Hurley said. "Hopefully we can go far in the playoffs and bring a championship to Minnesota. That would be a dream come true. Whether I'm contributing on the field my first year or as a practice player, I'm going to give it my full effort."

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BUFFALO, N.Y. Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced the team has signed Associate General Manager Derek Graham to a two-year contract. The Bandits also announced the signing of forward Roger Vyse and Assistant Coach Duane Jacobs to one-year deals.

Graham will begin his second season as associate general manager and fourth overall with the Bandits. He was promoted from assistant coach in charge of offense prior to the 2010 season. In total, he has 13 years of experience coaching several levels of indoor lacrosse. Most recently, Graham helped lead the Kahnawake Mohawks of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League to a Presidents' Cup bronze medal as assistant coach earlier this year.

Before taking up coaching, Graham played for six seasons in the NLL and was the only player in Canadian Lacrosse Association history to win all four National Championships. In addition to serving as the Bandits' associate general manager, Graham has been teaching in the greater Toronto area for 12 years, coaching lacrosse, football, basketball and volleyball.

Jacobs was hired as the Bandits' assistant coach in charge of offense prior to the 2010 season, beginning his second coaching stint with the team. He first served as assistant coach in 2005 and 2006 before leaving the Bandits to become head coach of the Minnesota Swarm from 2007 to 2009. Jacobs also spent 11 seasons in the NLL as a forward, playing for Detroit, Rochester and Buffalo. In addition to coaching in the NLL, he spends the off-season serving as general manager for the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse.

Vyse (10/31/1981, 5'10", 200 lbs.) will be entering his sixth season with the Bandits after being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2005 NLL Entry Draft. He played in eight games for the Bandits last season, registering 27 points (9+18) and collecting 31 loose balls. In his career Vyse has totaled 160 points (76+84) and 208 loose balls collected in 55 regular season games, adding 27 points (6+21) and 33 loose balls in nine playoff games.

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DENVER The Colorado Mammoth announced today that fan-favorite personality, Willie B. will return as the team's public address announcer for the 2011 season. The program director and host of KBPI Mornings on 106.7, Willie enters his ninth season with the Mammoth.

"We're ecstatic to have Willie B. back with us again this year," declared Mammoth President and General Manager Steve Govett. "His familiar voice as been with the Mammoth from day one at Pepsi Center, and as the inventor of our "Get In The Box!" chant - to know that he'll be leading that charge again this year is very exciting for our staff and fans."

"It's not only an honor to be involved with the best entertainment product in Colorado, but it's an absolute blast at the same time," said Willie. "2011 is gonna be awesome! It's very cool to have the freedom and flexibility to bring what I do to the Mammoth product and we're looking at some new ways to enhance the fan's experience this year."

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Edmonton, AB -- Edmonton Rush General Manager/Head Coach Derek Keenan announced today that the club has released team captain and original Rush member Chris McElroy. McElroy, who came to the Rush for the franchise's inaugural season in 2005 via a trade with the Arizona Sting, was plagued by injuries the past season and was limited to just three games during the 2010 NLL campaign.

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