The Rochester Knighthawks named longtime defenceman and assistant coach Mike Hasen as the sixth head coach in franchise history on Tuesday.
The Knighthawks also named former Knighthawks head coach Paul Day and Jason Johnson as the assistant coaches.
''It feels pretty special. I never really expected it,'' said Hasen. ''I am really looking forward to it.
''With Paul we are going back to our roots. I greatly respect him and his commitment to Rochester. It is an example I intend to follow. “(Jason) and I worked really well together (last year). We were always on the same page. Having him back will make the transition easier. I look forward to working with both of them.”
Hasen, 38, enters the position after spending the past 11 seasons with the Knighthawks, nine as a player and the past two as an assistant coach. It is the second head coaching position for the Toronto native. This summer, he coached the Brampton Excelsiors of Major Series Lacrosse to within one win of the Mann Cup Finals.
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.
“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,” said Day. “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.
''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.''