The San Diego Seals announced today that the team has extended the contracts of assistant coaches, Josh Sanderson and Bill Greer, keeping the coaching staff intact for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
“I’m thrilled to have Shooter and Billy on board,” said General Manager and Head Coach Patrick Merrill. “We built this team together and I’ve enjoyed every minute of the journey so far. I’m lucky to work with two great leaders that I respect and trust so much. I know our players feel the same way. We believe the best is yet to come for this team and organization. We are excited for another opportunity to go to battle together again and achieve our goal of bringing a championship to San Diego.”
Sanderson will lead the Seals offense for his third campaign after being named the offensive coordinator and director of player personnel ahead of the team’s inaugural season. In his first two seasons, Sanderson’s offense ranked top-five in the league for power-play goals and goals per game.
“I want to thank Joe, Steve, and Paddy for the opportunity to come back to San Diego and coach in this great organization,” said Sanderson. “I’m looking forward to the upcoming season and can’t wait to see all of the players and staff when we’re back in San Diego.”
No stranger to the NLL, Sanderson spent 19 seasons as one of the most dangerous players in the league and the Assistant General Manager with the Toronto Rock for two seasons. The Orangeville, Ontario native ranks second in National Lacrosse League history in assists (908), assists per game (3.39), and games played (268). Known by his peers and teammates as “Shooter,” Sanderson was a first-ballot NLL Hall of Fame inductee. He won two NLL championships (2005 & 2009) and was a nine-time All-Pro. He recorded 60 or more points in every season from 2002 to 2015, including five 100-plus point campaigns (which ranks tied for first in NLL history).
NLL champion Bill Greer will continue to oversee the team’s defense. Under the direction of Greer, the Seals penalty kill ranked in the top five in the NLL the past two seasons. The team also ranked in the top-five in loose balls per game. The Ontario native was the 9th overall pick in the 2001 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. He played in 190 career games, registering 59 goals, 99 assists and 165 penalty minutes. The savvy defenseman won an NLL championship with Rochester in 2007 and scored the game-winning goal in the championship game. Greer captured a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
“I couldn’t be more grateful and excited to be back in San Diego for another season,” said Greer. “I’ve loved every second of my time with the Seals and feel so fortunate to coach alongside two of the smartest, hardest working, and passionate people in the game. I feel like we have started something really special in San Diego, and that starts with Joe, Steve and Patrick’s vision and culture. We have an unbelievable group of players who share that vision and are ready to take the next step to achieve our goals. It has been a long off-season, but I can’t wait for the opportunity to get back together and do our best to bring a championship to San Diego.”
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