Owen Sound native named GM of NLL expansion club

Owen Sound native Bob Hamley (top) pictured in 2008 as a the head coach of the Edmonton Rush in action against the San Jose Stealth in National Lacrosse League play at Rexall Place. Hamley was recently named the general manager and vice president of lacrosse operations for Fort Worth, the NLL's latest expansion squad. Photo by Larry Wong/Edmonton Journal.

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Owen Sound native Bob Hamley will take the reins of the National Lacrosse League’s newest expansion franchise in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hamley has been named the team’s vice president of lacrosse operations and general manager. It’s the latest stop on an NLL leadership tour spanning nearly 30 years. He’s been an assistant coach with the Albany Attack, and head coach and general manager of the Columbus Landsharks in 2002. Later the Landsharks became the Arizona Sting. It was with the Sting that Hamley was named the NLL’s general manager and coach of the year in 2005 while taking Arizona to the championship game.

Hamley then became the head coach and general manager of the Edmonton Rush from 2008-09 before heading to Denver to coach the Colorado Mammoth.

He selected fellow Owen Sound native Adam Jones while with the Mammoth, and Jones would go on to win the NLL Rookie of the Year award.

Now, Hamley is the national director of box lacrosse and Texas director for 3D Lacrosse, the nation’s leading lacrosse services company. 3D Lacrosse offers training for youth and high school-aged boys and girls lacrosse players, as well as tournament-style events, select travel teams, recruiting showcases and box lacrosse leagues for many levels of organized competition.

“I am humbled and honoured to join the Fort Worth NLL organization,” Hamley said in a media release. “I would like to thank Bill Cameron and Greg Bibb for their confidence in me to lead the lacrosse operation.”

Hamley was inducted to the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a member of Owen Sound’s 1982 Founders Cup National Junior B championship team and was the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Junior B MVP in 1984 while playing in Owen Sound.

He went on to finish his junior career in Kitchener and was later the Senior B MVP in 1988 while playing with the Fergus Thistles.

He played professionally with the Buffalo Bandits from 1992-95 winning two championships.

Fort Worth, the NLL’s 14th franchise, will play home games at the 14,000-seat Dickies Arena, which opened in 2019. The team’s name, logo and colours are expected to be announced later this year.