Boston Blazers Fire Head Coach Tom Ryan As NLL Season Rapidly Approaches

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Boston Blazers Fire Head Coach Tom Ryan As NLL Season Rapidly Approaches
Boston GM Doug Reffue (left) and former head coach Tom Ryan (right) at the 2009 NLL Entry Draft (Credit: National Lacrosse League).

With the start of 2011 NLL regular season just around the corner, the Boston Blazers are without a head coach.

Blazers president and general manager Doug Reffue announced on Thursday that they have relieved head coach Tom Ryan of his duties.

Reffue didn’t give a reason why Ryan was fired:

“The decision to release Tom was a very difficult one for me,” Reffue said in a news release.

“Tom has been an instrumental force in getting the Blazers franchise launched. He has proven himself a great evaluator of talent and his passion for lacrosse is unmatched. We wish him well.”

Ryan was hired as Boston’s head coach and general manager in 2007, before the Blazers decided not to play in the 2008 season due to business reasons.

In 2009, Ryan led Boston to a 10-6 record but stepped down from the general manager’s role after the season to focus more on team development and coaching. In 2010, he led the Blazers to the playoffs with an 8-8 record, but the team lost 12-11 in the Eastern Division semifinal to the Orlando Titans.

He is also the coach of Team USA for the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.

Ryan, 40, was a nine-year NLL veteran who totaled 202 points in 95 career games as a player with Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

The Blazers have not announced either an interim or permanent head coach for the 2011 season, but it seems as if assistant coaches Randy Fraser and Corey Hallman will be kept on board for the time being.

Boston begins the 2011 season on Jan. 8 against the Philadelphia Wings at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

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