RESCH RETURNS TO WINGS BENCH September 29, 2003 Email this article Printer friendly page Former Philadelphia Wings Head Coach Tony Resch will return to the bench as an assistant coach for the upcoming season, it was announced today by General Manager Marty O'Neill. The National Lacrosse League's 2001 Coach of the Year, Resch had compiled a 59-27 regular season record over his coaching career, leading the Wings to four League Championships ('1994, '95, '98, '01). Resch officially announced his retirement in 2001 to focus on his new position as Athletic Director for LaSalle High School in Philadelphia. For the upcoming season, Resch will oversee the Wings defense while working closely with head coach Adam Mueller and assistant coach Paul Deniken. "Personally and professionally I am excited to have Tony rejoin the Wings as defensive coach this season," said Wings Head Coach Adam Mueller. "His knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm for the sport and this organization will make us a better team this season. To add a coach who has had tremendous success as a player and coach at every level is a big push for our organization. With our staff in place and the preseason approaching I look forward to the drive for another Wings Championship." In addition to his coaching experience Resch also wore the black, white and grey of the Wings for six seasons from 1988-1993, accumulating 22 points (12G, 10A) as a defensive specialist and capturing two additional Championships in 1989 and '90. Last season Resch helped guide the Colorado Mammoth to an Eastern Division title while serving as the clubs associate coach. "While my family and professional obligations continue to be my top priorities, I want to contribute as much as possible to the team, especially at the defensive end of the floor," said Resch. "I have the utmost respect for Adam Mueller and the job that he and General Manager Marty O'Neill have done the past couple of seasons and will do everything possible to aid them in pursuing another NLL Championship." The Philadelphia Wings open their season on Saturday, December 27, 2003, against the Rochester Knighthawks at 7:30 p.m.