The Chesapeake Bayhawks announced today that general manager and assistant coach Brian Reese has retired to spend more time with his family.
A former Bayhawks defenseman, Reese joined the team's front office in September 2011 and spearheaded building a Major League Lacrosse championship squad during the expansion year alongside first-year coach Dave Cottle. The team capped the 2012 season by beating the Denver Outlaws, 16-6, for its fourth MLL crown.
“Brian did a phenomenal job as the general manager,” Cottle said. “He is a great person, a great coach and great with the personnel coordination. He will be missed, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
Before joining the Bayhawks, Reese had been Outlaws GM since their inaugural season in 2006. He also served a four-year stint as Denver coach through 2010 with a record of 30-12. Reese was a defenseman for the Bayhawks from 2001 to 2004 and played on the 2002 MLL championship team.
"I have been an MLL general manager for the past eight years and have taken tremendous pride in building great teams and have been extremely fortunate to work with many great people,” Reese said. “Ending this season with the Bayhawks and winning the MLL Championship was truly special, and will be something I will never forget. Right now it’s time for me to focus on my family and my life away from the MLL. I'm looking forward to spending more time with my four wonderful kids and wife, and be there as they compete at their own respective sports. I would like to thank Brendan Kelly, Dave Cottle and the entire Bayhawks staff for the opportunity to work in a great organization. I started my MLL career as a Bayhawk, and it’s great to finish as one. I also want to thank all the players that I have had the chance to be around. It's been an honor to work with them, and they truly make the sport great. I can now shift to being a fan and enjoy a little extra free time."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times