McMahon To Guide Colorado in 2008

Colorado MammothIn keeping with franchises with a tradition of winning we next had a chance to visit and speak with the new Head Coach of the Colorado Mammoth, Bob McMahon. Bob is no stranger to coaching in the NLL, having led the Albany Attack to the Championship final in 2002, after a 14-2 record. That year also gained him Coach Of The Year honours. Since then he has been an Assistant Coach with the Arizona Sting.

McMahon takes over the coaching reigns from a legend of the game in Gary Gait, who left this summer to coach the women’s lacrosse program at Syracuse. But he is a great selection, and is very well respected by many in the game of lacrosse.

The Mammoth won the Western division last season but were upset in the first round losing to San Jose in overtime. This season they hope to erase that and continue the recent successes they’ve had.

Bob McMahonGM: First, congratulations on the Head Coaching position in Colorado. You must be excited to be Coaching in Denver now as opposed to simply visiting.

BM: I am very excited in the opportunity to coach the Mammoth. In talking to a number of current players, everyone speaks to the first-class manner in which the Mammoth organization operates, the character and chemistry in the dressing room and the knowledge and passion of the fans. Momentum is such an important factor in NLL games and the fans in Colorado are such an integral part in helping the Mammoth start and sustain scoring runs. As a visting coach, we felt it was important to ‘take the fans out of the game’. As a member of the Mammoth, I am looking forward to the passion and support of the fans.

GM: You have come to a team with a short, but very proven history of winning. What will Mammoth fans be able to expect from Coach McMahon this season.

BM: We hope to buld on the past success of the Mammoth and bring another NLL championship to Colorado. Assistant coaches, Russ Heard and Dan Pratt, have remained on board with the Mammoth and will help in my transition. We hope to continue with the ideas and play which have made the Mammoth successful but will also explore and blend ideas we used in Arizona in defending or attacking the Mammoth over the past few years.

GM: How do you see Bruce Murray, Matt Brown, and Jed Prossner helping out as your pickups from the dispersal draft?

BM: The Mammoth have been fortunate to add Bruce Murray, Matt Brown and Jed Prossner through the dispersal draft. I have been fortunate to coach Moose and Matt the past two seasons in Arizona and know the character and leadership they bring to the team. Moose was perhaps our best defender late last season and through Arizona’s playoff run. He was assigned the responsibility of defending Tracy Kelusky, Colin Doyle and John Grant in successive playoff games and did a great job in helping Arizona to the championship game. Matt improved throughout the year and was major offensive contributor throughout the playoffs. As he is currently coaching at the University of Denver, I know he is excited in the opportunity to play at home in front of his family and friends Jed is an athletic offensive player with great feet and a good outside shot who gained valuable experience with Portland last year.

GM: Have the Mammoth had a camp yet and what are your thoughts on what you’ve seen so far?

BM: The Mammoth begin training camp on November 30th and will be in Colorado for two weekends followed by a weekend in Vancouver. While we are the last team to begin training camp, we feel the compressed training camp will help build momentum towards our opening game on December 29th in Colorado. Our GM, Steve Govett, has brought in a number of great draft picks and free agents and we anticipate this to be a highly competetive traning camp.

GM: What sort of team will we hopefully see in the Mammoth this season?

BM: All teams set out with the NLL championship as their ultimate goal. To accomplish this goal, the Mammoth will have to meet a number of shorter term goals over the course of the season. Conditioning, balanced scoring, more agressive defense, accountability to performance, peaking at playoff time are all areas which we have discussed and will continue to measure and monitor over the season. We anticipate seeing a number of new faces in the Mammoth roster this season. With recent retirements and relocations of some of last year’s players, there will be an opportunity for new players to bring new enthusiasm and new hunger in pursuit of another NLL championship.

GM: Bob, thanks for your time and best of luck with the Colorado this season.

BM: Thank You.

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