The Colorado Mammoth today announced that, in addition to his role as Mammoth head coach, Pat Coyle has been appointed as the team’s interim general manager.
Dan Carey, Coyle’s predecessor, will be leaving the Mammoth organization after Saturday, Dec. 22 but will help the team in its front office transition until then.
Coyle, a NLL and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Famer, was a five-time NLL champion in his 12-year playing career. The defenseman hoisted the Champion’s Cup once with the Mammoth in 2006, playing for Colorado for four seasons (2005-2008). In March 2014, Coyle rejoined the Mammoth as a coach alongside Chris Gill and Dan Stroup. In February 2017, Coyle was named head coach.
Under Coyle’s leadership in 2018, the Mammoth were the least-penalized team (9.55 PIM per game), had the best penalty killing record (55.4%) and allowed the second-fewest goals against in the NLL (11 goals against per game). Colorado also had the best record (6-2) outside their division of any NLL team.
“I would like to thank the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment ownership group for the trust and faith they have placed in me in giving me this opportunity,” said Coyle. Leading the Mammoth as the interim general manager is something I have wanted to do and am excited about, but it doesn’t change my original goal as head coach. The goal is still to bring a championship to the city. I’m excited to build on Dan Carey’s accomplishments and add to the great history of this club.”
Carey was the second general manager in Mammoth history, accepting the role in July 2017. Under Carey’s leadership in 2018, the Mammoth bested their 2017 record by two games, finishing the regular season with an 11-7 record and earning their eighth-straight playoff appearance; the longest active playoff streak in the NLL.
A three-time all-star forward, Carey was selected by Colorado in the first round of the 2005 Entry Draft, and would play six of seven seasons in his NLL career with the Mammoth.
“Since being drafted by Colorado in 2005, the team and staff have meant a lot to me,” said Carey. “I am grateful to the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment ownership group and executive staff for giving me the opportunity to be the Mammoth’s general manager. I will miss being a part of the Mammoth, but I am excited for my next chapter in Rochester, and I’m thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Pegula and the Pegula Sports & Entertainment executive staff for the opportunity.”