Rochester Knighthawks general manager Dan Carey has announced the inaugural coaching staff for the expansion-era Rochester Knightahws. Mike Hasen will be staying in Rochester and take over head coaching duties while Pat O’Toole and Mat Giles will join the staff as assistant coaches.
Hasen and O’Toole were both on the coaching staff of the old Rochester Knightahwks. Both were just recently released of their contracts with the Halifax Thunderbirds earlier this week.
A veteran behind the bench, Hasen is in the perfect position to lead an expansion franchise in Rochester, a city he knows very well. Hasen spent nine seasons as the head coach of the old Rochester franchise, leading them to three NLL titles (2012,2013,2014). He led them to the playoffs in six of his nine seasons at the helm of the old Knighthawks.
Hasen played in the NLL from 2006-2007. He started his career with Buffalo (1996-1999) before finishing his career with Rochester. He retired in 2007 after helping the Knighthawks win their second NLL championship.
O’Toole was on the bench as an assistant with the old Rochester team for nine seasons. He will again run the defense for the expansion Rochester Knighthawks. Prior to his coaching career O’Toole played in the NLL for sixteen seasons and was known as one of the best goalies in the game. He spent his last twelve seasons in Rochester after spending time in Buffalo and with the New York Saints.
Giles comes to Rochester after spending last season as a scout for the Colorado Mammoth. Giles will be the offensive coordinator for the expansion-era Rochester Knighthawks. This will be his first coaching stint in the NLL after coaching at numerous levels in the summer. Giles played fifteen years in the NLL for twelve different teams, including Rochester.