TITANS HIRE ASSISTANT COACH – The New York Titans have named Blane Harrison assistant coach and have hired Corey Hallman as a Canadian scout.

Harrison joins Head Coach Adam Mueller’s coaching staff after nearly twenty years of coaching experience at the youth and college level for indoor lacrosse and field lacrosse. Harrison’s coaching resume includes a stint as the assistant coach for Michigan State Men’s Lacrosse during the 1986 season. idn live

Harrison has also enjoyed great success as an indoor lacrosse player, winning back to back Canadian Championships as a player on the Brooklin Redmen Major Lacrosse Club in 1987 and 1988 and was a three-time winner of the “Best Defenseman” award in Canada. As a field player, Harrison represented Canada in the World Cup in 1982 and 1986 and was a member of the Michigan State University varsity lacrosse team, where he was a First Team All-Midwest selection.

“Blane has a wealth of experience from both field and indoor lacrosse that will fit perfectly with the make up of our team,” said Titans Head Coach Adam Mueller. “Having played for and with Blane in the past, I am confident that he is another piece that will improve the Titans in year two.”

The Titans have also hired Corey Hallman as a Canadian scout. Hallman has a lifetime of experience playing, coaching and working with Canadian indoor lacrosse clubs. Hallman has been the General Manager of the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves Junior ‘A’ indoor lacrosse club since 2003 and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse Council.

The New York Titans announced their 2008 season schedule at a press conference today, highlighting that the team will play seven home games at the Garden. The Titans will play an eighth home game against the new Boston franchise at a neutral arena to be announced at a later date. The Titans sixteen-game schedule runs from December 2007 to April 2008 and opens on December 27th at the Garden against the Chicago Shamrox.

“The team is definitely pumped to be playing three more games at the Garden this season,” said Titans captain Casey Powell. “The fans here were great to us last season and we’re looking forward to an even more successful year in 2008.”

The Titans also announced at the conference the appointment of Timothy Kelly as the new Chief Operating Officer. A Long Island-native, Kelly joins the Titans after having served as the General Manager for the Long Island Lizards of the MLL for the past two years.
New York Titans 2008 Season Schedule.

The weekend’s activity begins on Friday, when the league will host an invite-only combine for 40 of the top draft prospects. The potential draftees will participate in clinics and drills, before a Combine Game on the turf at Pepsi Center at 8pm EST. Both Friday’s combine game and Saturday’s draft is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to be holding our Entry Draft in Denver and in front of the great fans of the Colorado Mammoth,” said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings. “The Mammoth and Pepsi Center have hosted the NLL All-Star Game in 2004 and Opening Night of the regular season on three occasions. We are pleased to bring yet another important league event to Colorado for the first time with the 2007 Entry Draft”.

The Titans will have six selections in the Draft:
First Round – 3rd and 13th picks
Second Round – 17th pick
Third Round – 31st pick
Fifth Round – 59th and 68th picks

The New York Titans selected University of Delaware graduate Jordan Hall with the first overall selection in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft. The Titans dealt defenseman Matt Alrich and the third overall pick to Boston for the right to draft Hall.

Jordan Hall, a Surrey, British Columbia native, was the University of Delaware’s second leading scorer with 38 points on 26 goals and 12 assists and ranked second on the team with 54 ground balls. He scored at least one point in each of his final 31 career games and ended the season as the leading career scorer among all active NCAA Division I midfielders. Hall played in 66 career games with 61 starts and recorded 140 points on 85 goals and 55 assists and scooped up 184 ground balls. He ranks No. 13 on the all-time UD list for assists and points and No. 17 for goals and his goal just three seconds into a 2006 game vs. Albany is an NCAA record for fastest goal to start a game. He also recorded six career hat tricks, including four in 2007. The 23-year-old transition player won gold with Team Canada last year and is playing alongside NLL stars such as Chris Gill and Athan Iannucci this summer in New Westminster.

NLL scouts rave about Hall?s versatility. “He was a midfielder in college. In the indoor game, he runs transitional defense and can play both ends. He’s the most NLL-ready player in the draft”, said one scout. “His learning curve will be short, Best equipped to step and do some damage. I’m not sure if he’s an absolute offensive dynamo, but he’s the best overall player in the draft. Look for him to make an immediate impact.”

The Titans still hold five more draft selections in the draft, which is taking place today at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Col. at 4pm EST. The draft, which consists of six rounds, features the top lacrosse talent from U.S. college programs as well as Canada’s junior lacrosse system.

The New York Titans will open the 2008 National Lacrosse League season at home on December 27th at Madison Square Garden when they take on the Chicago Shamrox at 8PM.

“Our team will look to duplicate the effort we had in our inaugural home opener last season,” said Titans Head Coach Adam Mueller. “The energy in the Garden helped tremendously and we look forward to even more support this season.”

The Titans faced Chicago three times last season and won their home opener against the Shamrox 11-9 on January 20th in front of a raucous crowd of 13,127 fans at the Garden.

The Titans’ core offense, one of the best in the league last season, is still intact for the 2008 NLL season. Perennial All-Stars Casey Powell and Ryan Boyle will continue to set the tone for the team on the right side of the net, while veteran Pat Maddalena and last year’s first round draft pick Brendan Mundorf will again round out the Titans offense on the left. The Titans have also beefed up their defense by drafting 2007 NCAA Defenseman of the Year Mitch Belisle out of Cornell University in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft, while Jordan Hall, the Titans’ first pick in the draft, will bring even more speed and athleticism to the Titans’ already powerful transition game.

“We’re looking to continue the momentum we had toward the end of last season when we finished 2-1,” Mueller added. “I am very excited to enter season number two with our returning players and the new talent we brought onto the team.”