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Ottawa Rebel Hire 2002 Mann Cup-Champion Coach Terry Sanders

September 13, 2002 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Ottawa Rebel News Release

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Rebel of the National Lacrosse League is pleased to announce the hiring of Terry Sanderson as coach and assistant general manager. Sanderson will be available for interviews during a conference call beginning at 3 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, September 13). To participate in the conference, dial 1-877-385-4099 and enter code 68547 when prompted. Sanderson, 50, comes to Ottawa as the coach of the 2002 Mann Cup champion Brampton Excelsiors. The Excelsiors defeated the Victoria Shamrocks 9-8 in the seventh game of a best-of-seven championship series in Brampton, Wednesday night, to win the title. Josh Sanderson, son of the new Rebel coach, led the Excelsiors to a five-goal comeback to win the seventh game. He was named tournament MVP after scoring twice and adding four assists during the deciding victory. For Terry Sanderson, the victory marked his third Mann Cup title; his second as a coach. Sanderson guided the Excelsiors to a Mann Cup in 1998. He also won a national title in 1980 when the Excelsiors downed the New Westminster Salmonbellies to capture the championship. "I am looking forward to this new challenge of coaching the team in Ottawa," said Sanderson. "I've been in Ottawa coaching against the Rebel, and I always enjoyed the atmosphere. The fans always struck me as being very knowledgable and excited about the game." Brad Watters, president of the Rebel, said the addition of Sanderson will help the club both on and off the court. "Terry is a great ambassador for lacrosse," said Watters. "I know he'll help make the Rebel a competitive and winning team." Watters will participate in this afternoon's conference call. Joining Sanderson on the coaching staff will be assistants Matt Sawyer and John Lovell. Lindsay Sanderson, younger brother of Terry Sanderson, will be the team's general manager. Terry Sanderson lives in Orangeville, Ontario. He and wife Susan are the parents of Josh Sanderson and daughter Karrie. The Rebel begin the 2002-2003 National Lacrosse League season Dec. 28 at the Civic Centre at Lansdowne Park against the Calgary Roughnecks. The Sanderson hiring is one of many changes in store for the new-look Rebel this season. More announcements regarding Ottawa's professional lacrosse team are to be made this month.

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