BROWN NAMED NATIONALS' GENERAL MANAGER
1/11/13 8:34 PM
Stuart Brown has been with the Hamilton Nationals lacrosse club since its inception in 2009. Today, Nationals Owner Curt Styres named the longtime executive the team’s general manager. Brown previously held the GM position during the 2009-10 Major League Lacrosse seasons. He was instrumental in the team’s championship season in 2009.
"I'm excited to get back behind the wheel, in what is a very important season for our Franchise,” said Brown, who has also held the positions of president and consultant with the team. “I am humbled by Curt’s confidence in me to guide this team back to where he expects to be."
Brown will oversee the team’s draft tonight in Philadelphia. Hamilton owns the second overall selection after a 4-10 season last year. The 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Liberty Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The MLL’s 13th Collegiate Draft will be streamed LIVE via MLL's YouTube Channel.
"Our mandate is simple: Win. That process starts tonight with the MLL Collegiate Draft where we will be making strides toward improving our club,” he said. “We enter the draft tonight well prepared, with a defined plan, and a calculated approach to improve our team. Brian Hobart and Jody Gage have done a great job identifying the best talent available for our franchise, which makes this transition seamless and puts us in a great position to improve immediately."
Brown takes over for Gage, who will remain in the Nationals’ front office. Gage helped assemble a team that finished one goal away from its second MLL title in 2011. Gage’s first stint in the MLL was with Rochester Rattlers. In seven seasons, the Rattlers also advanced to the MLL Semifinals in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2007, and captured the 2008 Steinfeld Cup.
Early this evening, the Nationals named Dave Huntley the head coach with Hobart and Jason Johnson staying on the staff as assistant coaches.
“I have learned a lot from observing Curt and how he approaches his position of GM with the NLL's Rochester Knighthawks,” said Brown, who won his first NLL title in 2012 as the Rochester Knighthawks’ Canadian scout. “It is my hope that our staff can bring similar success to the Hamilton Nationals in 2013 and beyond."
Brown has a history of running successful program at the professional and youth levels. He is currently the president and founder of Edge Lacrosse, which combines his Canadian elite youth lacrosse program with Zack Greer. In 2006 and 2009-10, Edge Lacrosse was the NDP North American Champions. In 2010, Edge Lacrosse was also the National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association North American Champions. The NSCLA includes the top high school and youth club teams competing in one division. Edge Lacrosse has placed 125 recruits at the NCAA level with notable professional players Jordan MacIntosh, Mark Matthews, Kiel Matisz, Carter Bender, Brock Sorenson and Alex Crepinsek coming through the system.
Brown, a Calgary native, has also been instrumental in Canada’s success internationally. He was the assistant general manager for silver-medal winning Team Canada at the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships that won silver in Manchester, England. In 2011, Brown was the director of lacrosse operations for gold medal winning Team Canada at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague.
Brown grew up playing in the Oakville Minor Lacrosse system and was coached by Bruce Donovan, Rob MacDougal and Troy Cordingley. He graduated to the Junior “B” ranks with the Oakville Buzz and the Halton Hills Bulldogs. Brown then competed at the Junior “A” level with Mississauga. Brown attended college at the University of Guelph and holds a degree in management economics.