Minnesota Swarm co-owner Andy Arlotta was named the National Lacrosse League's Executive of the Year on Tuesday.
Arlotta led the franchise to gains on the business side that were equally as impressive as what the Swarm accomplished on the floor this season.
"I'm truly honored to receive this award from the league," said Arlotta, who completed his fourth year with the Swarm. "The Swarm organization prides itself in being active in the community, and I'd like to thank everyone in the front office for their efforts and doing their part in helping the Swarm receive this prestigious award."
Under Arlotta's leadership of the team's day-to-day business operations, the Swarm increased its average home attendance to 8,595 fans per game at Xcel Energy Center. This marked an increase of nearly four percent over the 2011 season, the second highest percentage growth among teams for 2012.
"Andy has demonstrated the ability to develop and maintain corporate partnerships on a level that is as high as any team in the league," said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. "We congratulate Andy and the Swarm organization on this well-deserved award."
On the floor, the team turned in its best season in franchise history, advancing to the Division Finals round of the playoffs for the first time while fielding the youngest team in the league and having the league's lowest player payroll.