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Coaches

Tony Seaman

General Manager

Tony Seaman

Seaman enters his third season as general manager of the Denver Outlaws in 2014. He joined the team after spending the previous 28 years coaching at the collegiate level. He currently serves as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee.

Seaman engineered a team that set 21 team records and 10 MLL records in 2013 on its way to become the first in MLL history and just the fourth team in North American major pro sports to finish a season undefeated. Denver’s 14-0 record set a league mark for most wins in a season.

In his two years as the team’s general manager, the Outlaws have amassed a league-best 25-3 (.893 pct.) record that represents a league mark for most wins in a two-year span. Denver has outscored opponents 465-307 in that time period with that 159 goal differential leading all clubs.

Denver has earned the MLL’s top playoff seed in both years under Seaman’s leadership.

The 2013 Outlaws squad earned four year-end league awards, which tied the 2004 Philadelphia Barrage for the most individual honors in MLL history. Head Coach Jim Stagnitta, who was hired by Seaman before the 2012 season, earned Coach of the Year,  Drew Snider earned Most Improved Player, Jesse Schwartzman was named Goalie of the Year and Lee Zink won the Defenseman of the Year Award.

In his first season overseeing the Outlaws personnel department in 2012, Seaman built a squad that earned the MLL’s No. 1 playoff seed after finishing with a league-best 11-3 record and advanced to the MLL Championship Game.

Seaman has made a pair of trades that brought players to Denver who went on to win the league’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award with the team.

Seaman dealt for midfielder Jeremy Sieverts prior to the 2012 season. Sieverts, who entered the year with just six career points, earned the league’s Most Improved Player Award that year after netting 26 goals with seven assists and seven two-pointers to finish as the league’s ninth-leading scorer with 40 points.

Seaman made a deal to acquire Drew Snider, who totaled 12 points as a rookie in 2012 before exploding for a 46-point output and earning the league’s Most Improved Player of the Year. in 2013.

Seaman also dealt for the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft, which he used to select attackman Mark Matthews. Matthews emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate after leading all rookies with four Rookie of the Week honors on his way to scoring 28 points in his rookie campaign.

Seaman engineered a trade for attackman Chris Bocklet before the rookie had played his first MLL contest. Bocklet went on to earn a pair of Rookie of the Week honors and finished the year with 17 goals and three assists in just seven regular-season games. as a rookie and  ranked fourth in the league with seven postseason goals. In 2013, Bocklet was the league’s leading goal scorer with 42 goals and tied atop the MLL leaderboard with 55 total points.

Denver’s 2012 rookie class assembled by Seaman accounted for 52 goals and 17 assists on the season. Five different rookies scored for the team in 2012 and the rookie class accounted for 20.2 percent of the team’s offense.

During his first season as the team’s general manager, the Outlaws set franchise records in wins (11), goals (229), assists (116), ground balls (482) and shooting percentage (.348) with the 229 goals representing a single-season MLL record.

Seaman tutored 85 All-Americans during coaching career at the University of Pennsylvania (1983-91), Johns Hopkins University (1991-99) and Towson University (1999-2011). He registered a 247-153 (.618 pct.) career coaching record at the college level and his teams reached the NCAA Tournament 19 times during his career.

He is the only coach to be named the NCAA National Coach of the Year at two different schools (Penn – 1983, ’84 and Towson – 2001), and is the only coach in NCAA Division I lacrosse history to lead three different schools to the NCAA tournament (Penn – 6 times, Johns Hopkins – 8 times and Towson – 5 times).

In 1994, Seaman coached the United States National Team in the 1994 ILF World Championships in Manchester, England, leading the U.S. to the gold medal.

Seaman began his coaching career at Lynbrook High School (1972-1981), where he earned two Division IV Nassau County Coach of the Year awards and led the team to the South Shore championship in 1978.

Seaman and his wife, Guri have a daughter, Barb, who played lacrosse at Penn and a son, Greg, who played for Princeton University.
 

Tony Seaman's Career Coaching Record
Season Position Team W L Pct
2013 GM  Outlaws 14 0 1.000
2012 GM Outlaws 11 3 .786
2010 Head Coach Towson 7 8 0.467
2009 Head Coach Towson 7 10 0.412
2008 Head Coach Towson 5 9 0.357
2007 Head Coach Towson 9 7 0.563
2006 Head Coach Towson 8 6 0.571
2005 Head Coach Towson 11 5 0.688
2004 Head Coach Towson 11 5 0.688
2003 Head Coach Towson 9 6 0.600
2002 Head Coach Towson 7 5 0.583
2001 Head Coach Towson 14 4 0.778
2000 Head Coach Towson 3 10 0.231
1999 Head Coach Towson 5 8 0.385
1998 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 10 4 0.714
1997 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 10 4 0.714
1996 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 8 6 0.571
1995 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 13 1 0.929
1994 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 9 5 0.643
1993 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 11 4 0.733
1992 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 8 5 0.615
1991 Head Coach Johns Hopkins 8 4 0.667
1990 Head Coach Pennsylvania 6 7 0.462
1989 Head Coach Pennsylvania 9 5 0.643
1988 Head Coach Pennsylvania 11 4 0.733
1987 Head Coach Pennsylvania 10 5 0.667
1986 Head Coach Pennsylvania 6 7 0.462
1985 Head Coach Pennsylvania 10 4 0.714
1984 Head Coach Pennsylvania 12 2 0.857
1983 Head Coach Pennsylvania 10 3 0.769
TOTAL 247 153 0.618


B.J. O'Hara

Head Coach

B.J. O'Hara

O’Hara enters his 11th MLL season and 37th overall as a lacrosse coach in 2014. He was appointed to his current position as head coach on Sept. 27, 2013, after serving as an assistant coach for the club from 2012-13.

O’Hara has posted a career record of 231-170 (.576) through the 2013 season, which includes 11 seasons of MLL coaching experience.

His teams have reached the postseason 20 times under his guidance, including nine NCAA Championships and one MLL Title. O’Hara has coached 106 NCAA All-Americans and MLL All Stars during his career, including 13 Outlaws All-Stars.

O’Hara helped coach a team that set 21 team records and 10 MLL records in 2013 on its way to become the first in MLL history and just the fourth team in North American major pro sports to finish a season undefeated. Denver’s 14-0 record set a league mark for most wins in a season.

In his two years as an assistant coach with Denver, the Outlaws have posted a league-best 25-3 (.893 pct.) record that represents a league mark for most wins in a two-year span. Denver has outscored opponents 465-307 in that time period with that 159 goal differential leading all clubs.

In his first season as an assistant coach for the Outlaws in 2012, the team set franchise records in in wins (11), goals (229), assists (116), ground balls (482) and shooting percentage (.348).
O’Hara began his MLL coaching career with the Rochester Rattlers in 2003 and led the Rattlers to their only Steinfeld Cup (2008), while reaching the MLL semifinals three other seasons (‘04, ’05, ’07). With the Rattlers’ move to Toronto, O’Hara was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Machine prior to the 2010 season. After one year in Chicago, the team relocated to Rochester, and added general manager responsibilities to his title.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, O’Hara worked as an assistant coach at Syracuse University for two seasons, helping the school to an NCAA Division I Championship in 2002 and back to the NCAA Semifinals in 2003.

O’Hara spent 12 seasons (1990-2001) as the head coach at his Alma Matter, Hobart College, where he led the Statesmen to three NCAA Division III Championships and a total of six NCAA Tournament selections (four at the Division III level and two at the Division I level). He was named the 2000 Patriot League Coach of the year after leading Hobart to the conference title and Division I NCAA Tournament. Under his guidance, Hobart posted a 90-63 overall record (.606), including a 43-46 (.483) mark in the school’s first years of Division I competition.

O’Hara’s first head-coaching experience came at Dartmouth College, where he coached both men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer (1986-1990). Before making the move to Dartmouth, he spent five seasons (1982-86) as an assistant lacrosse/soccer coach at Hobart, where the Statesmen earned NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championships each season. He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University in 1978-79 before becoming head coach at Alfred University, which was followed by one season as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

A member of the U.S. Lacrosse Regional Hall of Fame, O’Hara  was chosen to represent the MLL in the selection of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team, which went on to win the gold medal at the 2010 FIL World Championships. From 1994-99, O’Hara was a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee where he was responsible for championship selection and operation, along with rules advisement for Divisions I, II and III. He served as the President of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association from 1998-2000.

O’Hara was a four-year letterman and two-time All-American who served as team captain during his senior season with the Statesmen (1975). He ranks second on the school’s all-time goals scored list (163), fourth in points (280) and fourth in assists (117), and earned a spot in the school’s Hall of Fame.  

O’Hara holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and counseling from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. He began his coaching career at West Genesee High School in Camillus, N.Y., where he enjoyed a distinguished lacrosse and soccer career.

B.J. O'Hara's Career Coaching Record

Season

Title

Team

W

L

Pct.

2013 Assistant Coach Denver Outlaws 14 0  1.000
2012 Assistant Coach Denver Outlaws 11 3 .786

2003-08, 2011

General Manager/Head Coach

Rochester Rattlers

41

36

0.532

2009-10

Head Coach

Chicago Machine

7

17

0.292

2002-03

Assistant Coach

Syracuse

25

8

0.758

1990-2001

Head Coach

Hobart College

90

63

0.588

1987-89

Head Coach

Dartmouth College

14

27

0.341

1982-86

Assistant Coach

Hobart College

-

-

-

1981

Assistant Coach

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

8

3

0.727

1980

Head Coach

Alfred University

6

5

0.545

1978-79

Assistant Coach

North Carolina State

15

8

0.750

TOTAL

206

167

0.552


Jon Cohen

Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach

Jon Cohen

Cohen enters his eighth season with the Outlaws in 2014 having worked as a visiting team liaison (2007), head equipment manager (2008-10) and assistant general manager (2011-13).

Cohen finished his third season as the team’s assistant general manager in 2013, helping with a club that became the first in MLL history to finish a season undefeated. Denver set 21 team records and 10 MLL records in 2013 on its way to become the first team in MLL history and just the fourth team in North American major pro sports to finish a regular season undefeated.

Overall, Denver has a 64-24 (.727 pct.) record in Cohen’s time with the club, which represents the best record in the league in that span. In his three years as assistant general manager, Denver has amassed a 32-8 (.800 pct.) record with a +179 goal differential that is more than 100 goals better than the second-highest differential in that span.

The second-longest tenured member of the team’s player/coach roster behind defenseman Lee Zink, Cohen has worked under four head coaches in his first seven years with the Outlaws. Denver has made the playoffs in all seven seasons that Cohen has been on the club’s staff.

Cohen graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2009, majoring in Hospitality Management. He played lacrosse at UNLV where he was an All American and Academic All-American defender.

Before moving to Colorado, Cohen was a two-time Nevada high school state champion coach at Bishop Gorman in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 he was recognized by US Lacrosse as the Nevada High School Assistant Coach of the Year. He is currently the head coach at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo.

COHEN'S COACHING RECORD
Year  Position Team  W L Pct.
2013 Asst. GM / Asst. Coach Denver Outlaws 14 0 1.000
2013 Defensive Coordinator Columbine High School 12 5 0.706
2012 Asst. General Manager Denver Outlaws 11 3 0.786
2012 Head Coach Evergreen High School 11 5 0.688
2011 Asst. General Manager Denver Outlaws 7 5 0.583
2011 Head Coach Evergreen High School 12 4 0.750
2010 Head Equipment Manager Denver Outlaws 8 4 0.667
2010 Defensive Coordinator Bishop Gorman High School 12 3 0.800
2009 Head Equipment Manager Denver Outlaws 9 3 0.750
2009 Defensive Coordinator Bishop Gorman High School 11 3 0.786
2008 Head Equipment Manager Denver Outlaws 8 4 0.667
2008 Defensive Coordinator Bishop Gorman High School 6 11 0.353
2007 Visiting Team Liaison  Denver Outlaws 7 5 0.583
TOTAL 128 55 0.699


Chris Spangler

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Chris Spangler

Coach Spangler is entering his 20th season of coaching lacrosse where he has had the privilege of coaching youth, high school and collegiate teams throughout Colorado.  He has coached 13 collegiate All Americans, 4 high school All Americans and 27 All Conference high school players.

He has coached at such top collegiate programs as the University of Denver and the University of Colorado.  He has won a state championship as a player (East-Manual '90) and as a coach (Arapahoe '09) and was named RMILL Coach of the Year while at CU in 2000.  

He is currently an assistant coach at Highlands Ranch High School where he coaches with current Outlaw player and Highlands Ranch Head Coach Matt Bocklet.  

Coach Spangler has developed a number preseason and in-season conditioning programs that have helped his players play to the best of their abilities.  He encourages both general fitness and lacrosse specific training for all of his athletes at every level.

He is a CF-L1 Trainer and TRX certified trainer and has developed a number of speed and strength training programs for all levels of lacrosse players. 

Coach Spangler is the youth Director for DoCo Lacrosse and Langtry Lax Camps.  He is the owner of Vigor Performance and continues to coach camps and clinics throughout the year.

Coach Spangler graduated from Syracuse University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience.  He is native to Colorado and raises his two children in Denver.

 

Chris Spangler’s Career Coaching Record

Season                        Position                                  Team                                      W        L          Pct.

2014               Strength Coach                       Outlaws                                              0         0

2014               Assistant Coach                     Highlands Ranch                                9          4          .692

2013               Assistant Coach                     Highlands Ranch                                9          7          .562

2012               Head Coach                           Douglas County                                  4         11        .267

2011               Head Coach                           Douglas County                                  1         14         .067

2010               Assistant Coach                     Heritage HS                                        8          8           .500

2009               Defensive Coordinator           Arapahoe HS                                     16        3            .842

2007               Head Coach                           Colorado Academy                            13        2          .867

2006               Associate Head Coach          Colorado Academy                             9          5          .643

2005               Associate Head Coach          Colorado Academy                            12        3          .800

2004               Associate Head Coach          Colorado Academy                             5          7          .417

2003               Defensive Coordinator           Colorado Academy                             9          5          .642

2002               Defensive Coordinator           Colorado Academy                             8          7          .533

2001               Head Coach                           University of Colorado                        15       9          .625

2000               Head Coach                           University of Colorado                        11        3          .786

* RMLL Coach of the year

1999               Head Coach                           University of Colorado                         8          6          .571

1998               Defensive Coordinator           University of Denver                            3          9          .250

Total                                                                                                                        140      103        .576

 

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