4 Potential Candidates for the Denver Outlaws Assistant Coach Role
By Nick Zoroya | Dec 6, 2023
The Chrome Lacrosse Club struggled to create any meaningful offense last season, finishing dead last in offense scoring only 81 times, 30 less than the next lowest-scoring team (Redwoods). Shortly after the 2023 season Denver Outlaws Head Coach Tim Soudan accepted the resignation of offensive coordinator Matt Kerwick. It appears that Soudan will personally take the reins of the offense this season, leaving room for a versatile assistant that could help on either side of the ball. As we inch deeper into the offseason, we examine potential candidates to join the Outlaws sideline in 2024.
The heir apparent at Duke, Danowski is a former Chrome player who amassed 420 points professionally across 12 seasons. A four-time college All-American, seven-time MLL All-Star, and 2007 Tewaaraton winner, Danowski is an undeniable offensive mind. In addition to having ties to the current roster and being an alumni, Danowski is currently coaching the projected number-one pick in this spring's draft, Brennan O’Neill. As Duke’s offensive coordinator, he’s consistently led a top-10 offense nationally and has helped to develop some of the professional game’s top players. His position as an assistant in the ACC also provides a deep understanding of the players coming into the league, which could help the Outlaws revamp an underperforming offensive roster. The ability and familiarity here almost makes too much sense. The final question: Is he the best fit, or just a good fit?
Obsessive. The only word that I can think of that describes Munro’s commitment to lacrosse. After an excellent playing career at Brown, he went on to play professionally before committing to a career as a coach. His first taste of coaching came as an assistant at Colorado College (1990) and after a brief stint at Yale, he became head coach at University of Denver (1998-2009) and started the Canadian pipeline that we all know DU for today. Since resigning from Denver he’s committed his life to making lacrosse knowledge accessible, helping coaches and players at all levels, breaking down film and high-level concepts, all while coaching high school lacrosse. A coach with deep ties to the Colorado lacrosse community and a proficiency for offensive schemes and tactics, Munro makes a lot of sense on the X’s and O’s side of things.
After a strong career at UMass where he was an All-American, Edell played professionally for the Boston Cannons. After his retirement in 2002 from professional lacrosse, Edell resurfaced as an offensive coordinator for the Denver Outlaws. An experienced player, coach, and lacrosse mind, Edell has ties to the Outlaws as a former assistant coach and still lives in Colorado. If this weren’t enough, Edell was also teammates with Outlaws Head Coach and GM Tim Soudan while in college.
When Ranagan announced his retirement prior to the 2023 season, Coach Soudan mentioned to me that one day he would make a great coach. Perhaps that day is sooner than first imagined. Ranagan and Soudan have shared a sideline as player-coach for nearly ten years and few people would fit as seamlessly into the culture as John. His versatility as a player and deep understanding of the game makes him a versatile assistant that can fill whatever needs the team has. It likely isn't the first name you think of when identifying coaching candidates, but he may be the best fit on the list.
Regardless of who leads the Outlaw offense in 2024, the OC will benefit from a first-round draft pick and the knowledge that there’s nowhere to go but up.