The Ohio Machine announced today the extension of Head Coach Ted Garber’s contract into the 2013 season.
“The Machine has continuously gotten stronger each and every week under the direction of Coach Garber,” said Machine General Manager and President John Algie. “The determination and heart this team shows week in and week out is a testament to the leadership he provides. I know he has the attention and respect of the players and the Machine and its fans are lucky to have him in place as our head coach again for next season.”
The Machine, which is 1-7 this season, currently leads Major League Lacrosse in man-up percentage (50%), is the least-penalized team in the league with only 15 minutes and recently sent four players to the All-Star game. Garber also received the honor of being named the Head Coach for the 2012 MLL Old School All-Star team, which won 18-17 at Florida Atlantic University Stadium this past month.
“It is a honor and privilege to continue be the head coach of the Ohio Machine, however, I have always believed that it is necessary to put the players and organization at the top of the list of what is important and then things will work out for the best,” said Garber. “We have gone through some growing pains that all expansion teams experience, which will only makes us stronger. And I can assure all of our fans that success for this organization is definitely imminent and we really appreciate their continued loyal and enthusiastic support.”
Garber’s professional coaching experience dates back to the creation of MLL, where he was a head coach during the 2000 MLL Summer Showcase Tour. Garber was also head coach of the then Bridgeport Barrage for the MLL’s inaugural season in 2001. Garber’s professional career also includes stints as an assistant coach in Boston, Chicago and Rochester. In 2008, Garber reached a milestone and was recognized by U.S. Lacrosse for his 200th career victory.
“One of the great things about Coach Garber is his ability to relate to our veterans and also to help new players make the transition from college to the pro level. With such a talented group of young players and rookies, and with six more games to play this season, I know that our best lacrosse is on the horizon,” said Algie.
In 1991, Garber followed his father – legendary lacrosse coach Dick Garber – as head coach at the University of Massachusetts (UM). In his four seasons with UM, Garber compiled a 37-17 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Garber’s winning percentage (.685) is tops in school history.
In addition to his MLL and collegiate experience, Garber has spent more than 15 years coaching at the high school level, where he has won numerous Western New England titles and Founder's League Championships. Garber played college lacrosse at UNH and graduated in 1975. He was the team’s leading scorer from 1971-1975 and captained during his senior season. He was selected for both the All-New England Team and the East-West New England All-Star Game. Coach Garber was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame in 2006.
The Machine continues the season with back-to-back games against the Hamilton Nationals beginning in Hamilton on Friday, July 13, and ending at Selby Stadium on Saturday, July 14, for RadioU Night which includes a post-game concert by American rock band Abandon. Tickets can be purchased at a discount using the code RADIOU at www.theohiomachine.com/tickets or by calling (614) 754-1973.