Former Waltham High lacrosse coach Steve Duffy was named the new head coach of Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons.
Duffy, a graduate of Waltham High and coach there for 18 seasons, will be the fourth head coach in the Cannons 11-year history. He spent the last three seasons as an Cannons assistant coach to Bill Daye, who left after the team won the 2011 MLL championship.
At Waltham, Duffy had his best seasons in 2001 and 2005, when he led his alma mater to the state semifinals and finals. In October, he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
"Anytime you get a coach become a professional, it's a big deal," Waltham athletic director Bill Foley said. "[Lacrosse] was a low profile sport and Steve did a great job bringing it to prominance here in Waltham. He started programs here in our city that grew leaps and bounds. He is the type of coach that can make connections with his players and teach them. He to me is, as I've always called him, the pied piper of lacrosse.''
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