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MLL Alumni Spotlight: Bill Daye

November 27, 2019 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Boston Cannons News Release

Boston, MA - If it weren't for Bill Daye, it's possible the Boston Cannons would not even exist. In 2011, Cannons founding owner Matt Dwyer said, "Billy Daye made his first contribution to the Cannons in 2000 when he convinced me that if we brought professional lacrosse to Boston, we could attract the best players in the world."

Daye was a member of the inaugural Cannons team in 2001. He was the franchise's first All-Star goalie that season, stopping 52.4% of the shots he faced. He was named the Cannons Team MVP that season for his contributions.

Tragically, Daye was forced to retire shorty into the 2002 season after suffering a neck injury against the Rochester Rattlers.

Daye returned to the Cannons organization in 2005 as an assistant coach under Scott Hiller. Daye was promoted to head coach in 2006. In six seasons at the helm of the Cannons, Daye went 43-29.

In 2011, Daye led the Cannons to their first ever MLL Championship after beating the Hamilton Nationals 10-9 in the MLL Championship Game. Daye was named MLL Coach of the Year in 2011.

Daye stepped down as head coach of the Cannons following the 2011 campaign in order to spend more time with his family. At the time Daye said, "This was obviously a very difficult decision, however it was one that was made based on my desire to spend more time with my family, especially with our girls, Adison and Ollie, growing up so quickly."

Daye thanked Cannons fans following his announcement saying, "I can't forget about the unbelievable fan base we have in Boston. It's truly been a pleasure every year, at each home game, playing in front of the Cannons faithful."

Daye left an indelible mark on Major League Lacrosse and the Cannons organization with then Cannons General Manager Kevin Barney praising Daye's work saying, "On behalf of the Cannons front office and our thousands of Cannons fans, I want to thank Coach Daye for all he has done to support and grow our organization and for bringing us a championship in his final season."

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