Liam Banks Steps Down as Blaze Head Coach

(Photo Courtesy of MLL)

Liam Banks has stepped down as the head coach of the MLL’s Atlanta Blaze. Banks announced the news on Instagram Wednesday night. 

Banks’ decision to step down from his post as head coach of the Blaze comes just days after it was announced that the MLL was restructuring their ownership model and would operate as a single-entity ownership, meaning that the league will operate all six teams.

Additionally, Andre Grudger ceded his ownership of the Blaze back to the MLL and players were notified on Tuesday. The team will also be moving cities, reportedly to Philadelphia. Banks’ Instagram post offered the first public confirmation that the team is moving cities. 

Banks served as the head coach for the Blaze for the past two seasons (2018,2019), leading them to a combined record of 15-16 as the head coach. This past season, the Blaze went 8-8 and made the playoffs for the first time since their inaugural season in 2016.

Banks played at Syracuse in college where he was a two time All-American and helped lead the Orange to four consecutive Championship Weekend appearances, including a national championship in 2000. He also played five years as a pro in the MLL. 

An Atlanta resident, Banks is a Thunder LB3 partner and a member of the Long Island Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018.

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